Gazette Nov 5, 2009
use bricks to fund stadium entrance makeover
meets new at Brunswick High
club members are planning the first renovation to the exterior of the
school's stadium since it was built in 1965, according to secretary
Misty Bitler. The main fundraising method is selling personalized
bricks, most of which will make up the walkway of the new entrance.
will be "similar to what you'll find at an old train station
platform," said project architect Jim Mills, of Rubeling and
rest of the renovation will go along with the train station theme, as
well. The entry gate will be wrought iron, the merchandise and
concession stands will be designed to look like train ticket booths,
and the stone masonry will echo that of an old station, Mills said.
they have a desire to have something that speaks to the railroad
history and the namesake of the school, and we want to provide
something that's consistent with that," he said. "I think it
will be important to reflect the pride of the community."
4- by 8-inch brick costs $50, while an 8- by 8-inch brick costs $100;
either can be marked with the buyer's words and symbols of choice.
There is a space limit, but custom sizes can also be ordered.
$50, you help support the school and boosters club, and you get your
brick down there forever," Bitler said. "I'm alumni and I
was happy to put my brick down there," she said.
boosters estimate that the project will cost $25,000, and hopes to
raise most, if not all, of the funds through brick sales.
the bricks ordered so far, most have been purchased by alumni.
dates go from the '30s up to 2009," Bitler said in reference to
the graduation years of the buyers. Another popular practice has been
ordering one in memory of a deceased loved one, she said.
member of the first
the mayor and council members ordered a brick, which was personalized
with the town logo, she said.
want them [athletes] to see they have our support," said Brad
Foltz, president of the athletic boosters club. "And we hope that
carries over to their performance on the field."
all, an entrance like the one the club has planned is bound to garner
more team spirit than the "rusted chain-link fence" that's
there now, Bitler said.
said he expects the project to be approved by the Frederick County
Board of Education this winter, the designs to be completed in spring,
and construction to be done by the time the school opens in August.
stadium is the hub of that school," Bitler said, and now
"it's going to look more like its 2010 up there instead of the