CONNORVILLE – Buckeye Local High School is building PRIDE among its Panther family with fundraising to improve and beautify the site.
Principal Lucas Parsons said more than $9,600 has been raised so far through the PRIDE campaign, primarily from individuals and organizations, but businesses can also contribute and help the school with a range of projects on his wish list. In a letter to community stakeholders, he said the school would receive “an essential facelift” and the changes would cost around $20,000.
“We launched the PRIDE campaign to replace all mast entrance flags, add more safety films to the first floor and place an illuminated sign at the front of the building,” said Parson.
The plans came to fruition as the district made its own improvements to the site, including a new HVAC system, exterior lighting, tree removal and pruning, improved drainage, and fresh asphalt along Panther Drive and from the school parking lot.
“Once updates start happening to the building, we have redone the trophy showcase and the media center will become a student lounge,” he added, saying the fair will benefit students as part of the school’s Positive Behavior Incentive System. “We will do this with our Class Cup program (as part of the program) and each week the winners will go during their flexible period and use the ping pong tables. We just want to give some pride back to the neighborhood.
He said the response has been positive and people support the cause. The school marching band even donated $100 and challenged other organizations to donate the same or more, and the groups responded resoundingly.
“The fundraising process has been very organic and the donations have not all been from businesses, but mostly from parents, alumni and supporters of Buckeye Local. We are spreading the word via social media and those interested in contributing can contact me for an official campaign letter. »
Parsons hoped the updates would be completed this winter, but is still fundraising for the neon sign. Overall, he said the Pride was back and the feedback was great.
“The Panther Nation has been amazing with this campaign. The support from former teachers, alumni and school organizations has been heartwarming to say the least,” Parson commented. “The sentiment this year has been overwhelming and everyone is excited about the future of Buckeye Local.”
Anyone interested in donating can make checks payable to the local Buckeye School District and send to the local Buckeye High School, 10692 State Highway 150, Rayland, Ohio, 43943. For more information, contact the school at (740) 859-2196.