Greenville Independent School District will be host a spaghetti dinner to raise money for its Destination ImagiNation programs at 5:30 p.m. today.

Following the dinner, attendees will get to preview the district’s nine Destination ImagiNation team’s programs before heading to the regional competition this weekend.

Destination ImagiNation is a national program that promotes teamwork and asks to students to solve problems based on their knowledge and talent.

The district has entered seven competitive teams and two non-competitive teams in the regional competition scheduled for Saturday in Mesquite, said Lamar Elementary School Principal James Evans.

Evans said each team usually has between five to seven students that practice at least once a week for the competition.

Students are given a problem to solve and from there students make costumes and design sets to go with the category they have decided to enter. Some categories students get to choose from are improvisational, technical, structural, performance, hybrid and non-competitive — which is open to kindergarten students.

Tickets to the dinner, which will take place in the Lamar cafeteria from 5:30 to 6 p.m., are $5. The ticket price includes spaghetti, salad, bread, a drink and dessert and can be purchased at the door. Immediately following the dinner, students will perform from about 6 to 9 p.m.

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