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Hagerstown council OKs money to sponsor butterfly statue

July 30, 2008

The City of Hagerstown will spend $3,500 to $5,000 to sponsor the creation of a butterfly statue that eventually will be auctioned to benefit the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in downtown Hagerstown.

The City Council voted to approve spending the money during a Tuesday meeting.

Dale Bannon, director of system development for Washington County Public Schools, said last month that he would like to find enough sponsors to create 30 statues. If everything goes as planned, the statues would be placed in and around downtown next April and auctioned a few months later, Bannon said. Organizers would like to raise as much as $50,000 for the school.

All of the statues would depict butterflies to represent the birth of Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District, he said.

Construction of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is expected to be completed in the spring of 2009 and open to students that fall. The school will accept up to 300 students in grades 9 through 12 who want to pursue an education with an emphasis in the arts.

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- Dan Dearth

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