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Waynesboro High selling bricks to raise money for athletic buil

September 26, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - All Dan McLaughlin and his committee have to do is sell 6,000 bricks and his dream of a new 5,700-square-foot multipurpose building to serve patrons and teams using Waynesboro Area Senior High School's athletic field will be a reality.

McLaughlin, 48, the school's athletic director since 1997, wants to pay for the building by selling 6,000 commemorative brick pavers. Construction and equipment costs will run between $175,000 and $200,000, he said.

The bricks will sell for $75 to $125 each, depending on size - 4 inches by 8 inches or 8 inches by 8 inches. If all 6,000 sell, the committee would net about $240,000

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McLaughlin said the idea for the fund-raiser is an offshoot of a gift to the high school by the class of 2003. The seniors had the front entrance to Indian Stadium, the school's athletic field, paved with bricks. They sold the bricks to their fellow seniors at cost. The entrance is 30 feet by 40 feet. The paving cost the class about $4,000, he said.

McLaughlin, adviser to the class of 2003, expanded the seniors' project into a fund-raiser for his proposed athletic building. His bricks will ring the track.

The building McLaughlin envisions will be one story high. The front section will cover about 2,500 square feet and will have two main rooms for use by teams at halftime or for instruction.

Public restrooms will flank both main rooms. There also will be a training room, an office and a room for officials.

The rear of the building will cover 3,200 square feet and serve as a weight room or wellness room, McLaughlin said.

"The weight room we use now is only 500 square feet," he said.

The building would be available for public use, not to compete with the Waynesboro YMCA or private health clubs, but to enhance the offerings for the community, McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin sees all of the students who have passed through the school in its 41 years of existence as potential brick customers.

"There must be between 80,000 and 100,000 graduates," McLaughlin said. "If we sell bricks to 10 percent of them, we'll exceed our goal."

There are about 29,000 people in the school's attendance area, he said. If only 10 percent buy bricks, the goal will be reached.

McLaughlin is accumulating alumni lists to send out letters and e-mails

"If we start pushing numbers around, we only need a small percentage of people to meet our goal," he said.

The project is called "Paving the Way for Future Students/Athletes." There are many reasons a person or group would want to buy a brick, McLaughlin said.

The committee, in a brochure promoting the project, said, "This is an opportunity for everyone to purchase a personalized brick to honor, recognize or memorialize themselves, a friend, family member ..."

McLaughlin said if the goal is exceeded, the money will be used to fund additional improvements to facilities used by the students. If the fund-raiser fails, the money collected will be spent on other school facilities.

For information, call the high school athletic department at 1-717-762-1191, ext. 12121.

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