It was a holly volley for Chillicothe Friday night.

Teachers and faculty from Mossville School, Chillicothe Junior High and South School played the second annual Holly Volleyball at Illinois Valley Central High School.

The teachers from CJH and South School comprised one team and Mossville the other in a charity volleyball game.

"It started as an idea of a way for our schools CEC and Mossville to give back to our community and have some fun," Miranda Judy, one of the organizers, said. "A committee here at CEC started planning the event shortly after that."

The game is done as a fundraiser for Community Needs Agency with admission to the game costing a non-perishable food item.

New to this year was a concession stand and a book fair in the commons with proceeds going to Community Needs.

This year, the game raised more than $1,000.

To raise funds, the students from the schools also hosted a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle.

"Our goal for tonight's game is to have fun and to give back to the community that does so much for our schools," Judy said.
"The game is just a fun way for the staffs of the schools to come together and have fun."

Throughout the game, the Mossville staff dominated the other side by setting teammates up for easy shots at the floor.

The CJH and South School team put up a valiant effort throughout the game but the squad could not match the laser strikes from Mossville or the passing prowess of the Warriors.

Despite Mossville running away with the win, the other squad kept things interesting with scoring runs at various points in the game.

"Last year was our first year and we had a great response from both the staff and the community," Judy said. "We packed the gym last year and we are hoping for the same this year."

The stands were full of cheering fans from all schools, many of whom were decked out in team specific attire.

Helping out at the game was Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak, who played the role of referee.

"This is a really fun event that brings the whole district together," Polyak said. "We have a great time and we collect a great deal of food for Community Needs."

In the end, the game was about providing help for those in need and providing fun for district residents.

"It is great to see our students excited about giving back to their community and to watch the smiles on their faces as the staffs of our schools play and have fun," Judy said.