The name of the game is Niska-Game.
And it’s been an autumn tradition for kids in Niskayuna middle schools for the past 32 years.
This year, boys and girls will play a life-sized version of the popular board game “Monopoly” on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, in the “cafetorium” at Iroquois Middle School. Times are 6 until 9 p.m. both nights.
Here’s the set-up: Students form teams of 10 friends — 10 teams play each night. Local businesses sponsor teams and properties on the game board; others donate food and services for the event. Students also bring in donations from family and friends that boost the amount of Niska-Game “money” teams use to start the game.
“Real” money is translated into Niska-Game money that is worth several times the usual amount.
During the game, students roll giant dice, travel around the board and perform dances, songs and skits to earn extra Niska-Game money. There are also uniforms and team colors — the shirts display the names of team sponsors.
Local dignitaries will serve as game judges.
At the end of each session, all Niska-Game money is counted, winners are announced and prize bags are handed out. This year, teams that win the Friday and Saturday night competitions will win $25 gift cards for Uncle Rico’s Pizza that will be used for team pizza parties.
All funds raised during game nights will be given to N-CAP (Niskayuna Community Action Program), which funds events and programs that benefit town youth.
“I think it is important for the Iroquois and Van Antwerp Middle School students to play Niska-Game so that they can experience a drug-free, fun-filled night while they help raise money for N-CAP to sponsor the many programs for the students and adults in Niskayuna such as Niska-Day,” said Sharon Wohl, co-chair of the activity.
Kids can register to play by visiting N-CAP’s web site, www.ncapnisky.org. Adults can sign up to volunteer at the same site. The N-CAP office can be contacted at 518-374-0774 for further details.