It turns out that video games aren't so bad after all.
Last week, nearly two dozen Coginchaug High School students signed up to play in the Madden 2013 tournament, an after school activity that bucks the video-game stereotype.
"We're really trying to engage kids that otherwise wouldn't be engaged," said library media specialist Tracy Earnshaw. "[The tournament] falls under the strategic plan, by creating diverse social experiences."
Earnshaw said the tournament began as a senior service project three years ago. Students who participate pay a $2 entry fee which is donated to Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown.
Prizes are awarded to the top players but the most important reward is getting students to interact with classmates who they might not otherwise interact with.
"We're trying to connect all of the kids to the school," Earnshaw said.