Organizers for an annual fundraiser for the Southern York County School District try to put a few new events on the schedule every year. Up this year: sumo wrestling.

The new contest is just one of the events for Battle of the Buildings, set for Thursday, Feb. 27, to support the Dollars for Scholars fund for graduating seniors from Susquehannock High School.

Last year, the event raised more than $4,500 for the district's foundation, which supports the Dollars for Scholars program. This year, the goal is to raise about $5,000.

"Anything above that is icing on the cake," said Chuck Abbott, the district's athletic director and one of the event organizers.

Six teams will participate. Each of the district's schools will field a team of faculty and staff members; one will be made up of administrators, Abbott said. Students and parents pack into the main gym at Susquehannock High School to cheer on their respective buildings.

Southern Middle School will defend its title from last year, when it took home the Battle of the Buildings trophy. The teams will compete in a variety of relay races and competitions, such as the sumo wrestling event. For the sumo wrestling, there will be two champions - one for the elementary level and another for the secondary and administration group. Abbott said each team will elect one person to don the sumo suit and compete.

"We try to add something a little different each year," Abbott said.


The event is a way to bring the community together for an evening to support the schools and students, Abbott said.

"This is a great example of 'The Southern Way,'" he said, referencing the student-first mentality that the district emphasizes.

Tickets are $5 at the door, but can be purchased at any of the schools before then for $4. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the festivities to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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