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Campus Connection for June 17, 2011

Article Date: 
17 June, 2011 (All day)

 

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

Mitch Albom 

The valley of Morgan is alive with the rebirth that accompanies late spring and early summer.  Copious amounts of snow and rain have left behind a lush carpet of foliage and flora for all of us to enjoy.  Visitors to the valley are taken back by its beauty and majestic mountains.

What is even more beautiful are the people who reside in the towns and villages of Morgan County.  During the past few months the Morgan Education Foundation has been seeking assistance from citizens for the construction of the Trojan Century Center and the new transportation facility.  Their response to our request for financial assistance has been inspiring!

Each donor, in their own way, has touched our hearts and sparked our faith in humankind.  The size of the donation has not been important, but the size of each donor’s heart speaks volumes about the goodness of our friends and neighbors.  People genuinely care about our youth and want to give them every opportunity for growth and development.

Getting the construction projects up and running has been a challenging endeavor.  Initial cost projections have been plagued with unexpected roadblocks.  Each barrier has brought with it additional costs.  Flood control, fire suppression, and design alterations have finally been mitigated and crews are now on site.

Soliciting funds for such a project through the Foundation is a new experience for our district and community.  Such endeavors, however, are not new to public education and several districts throughout the state have followed such practices for decades.  For higher education, this practice is an essential part of their construction and expansion plans.

As we tread this “new path” we have found our constituents to be extremely understanding and philanthropy.  There is still a long way to go before we have sufficient funds to complete the entire projects, but we are extremely hopeful that within the next few months the Foundation will have received donations equal to our needs.

For example, at the present time funding from all sources including bonding, capital budgets, the pay-as-you go fund, and donations allow for the construction of the main floor of the Trojan Center and the main transportation shop.  It does not allow for completion of the Trojan Center mezzanine or siding for the bus parking covers.  To complete these alternate projects, the Foundation needs to receive an additional $200,000.

Members of the Foundation are vigorously pursuing this objective.  They would appreciate your assistance if possible.  For more information and how you or your company may be able to assist, please contact President Kelly Wright or Foundation Secretary Diana Olsen.  You may visit or call the district office at 240 East Young Street or call 801-829-3411.

We express our sincere appreciation to those members of our community who have extended their hearts and funds to the children of the Morgan County School District.  Your kindness gives meaning and purpose to all who devote their time, talents, and means to the rising generations.   Thank you.