Two area businesses, along with an anonymous donor, recently stepped up to make sure Elkin High School’s Grissom Stadium got a new scoreboard, complete with a message reader board to announce community happenings.
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and Price Power Equipment were recognized Monday night at the Elkin City Schools Board of Education meeting for working to coordinate efforts with the school system and scoreboard company to provide the new scoreboard.
Athletic Director Tony Duncan explained the prior scoreboard was installed in 1992 and the school system was unable to make repairs due to it being outdated. The bulbs for the board were not available without scavenging eBay and other online resources.
For 18 months, the contributors, the school system and Nevco, the scoreboard company, worked together to be sure what they were getting would meet the needs of the high school, middle school and community groups who use the stadium, Duncan said. “In June of this year, we were finally on the same page, and we have Nevco the OK to create the new board.”
He said putting a message board on top of the scoreboard “is cutting edge.”
“It is rare an athletic budget even for a 3A or 4A school could afford to do that,” said Duncan, explaining now the hospital or other local community groups will be able to share messages on the board showing the accomplishments of the community.
“I’ve been here 29 years, and athletic director going on 20, and this is the first time I’ve seent this kind of financial effort going to Elkin City Schools,” said Duncan. “We always try to leave something better when you step away from something. I think when we drive down that road or go to a game, you look up there and see something to be proud of.”
Mary Blackburn represented the hospital as it was honored with a plaque and certificate of appreciation, and Price Power Equipment owners Libby and Robert Price were presented with a plaque and certificate as well.
Dr. Richard Brinegar, chairman of the Elkin City Schools Board of Education, thanked the donors as well. “It’s about community support. I’m so proud of this community,” he said.
Others honored during Monday’s meeting included Elkin Elementary School student Sophia Welborn, who was unable to attend, for her artwork, which was a colorful picture of a crazy hair day. Teacher Jill Bellia explained the artwork was the end result of an assignment designed to help the students practice drawing different style lines.
Also, Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe highlighted the work and efforts of the three schools’ administrators — Pam Colbert at Elkin Elementary School, Casey Morrison at Elkin Middle School and Joel Hoyle at Elkin High School — as part of National Principal Appreciation Month. Each of the principals received a certificate and will be taken to lunch.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.