The Newburg School District unveiled their new bleachers Friday, September 8. After deciding in October of 2016 to try and acquire the new bleachers for their gym, they were finally installed over the summer. The school hosted a program to thank everyone who made it possible to update the space where the town regularly gathers.

The Newburg School District unveiled their new bleachers Friday, September 8. After deciding in October of 2016 to try and acquire the new bleachers for their gym, they were finally installed over the summer. The school hosted a program to thank everyone who made it possible to update the space where the town regularly gathers.

Dr. Lynne Reed, superintendent of the Newburg school district, and fellow educators Cody Martin, Ryan Brookshire, and Logan Ray, developed what began as a two-year plan to get the bleachers installed. The idea was to purchase one side of bleachers by the summer of 2017 and complete the project during the school year.

“We sent out letters asking for donations in late October, with a very ambitious goal of raising $10,000 by Meet the Wolves in mid November,” said Dr. Reed during the presentation. “We surpassed that goal with $13,500 in the account by Meet the Wolves.”

By late December, according to Dr. Reed, they had raised over $30,000 thanks to the support of the community and realized they could possibly raise the entire amount needed to install everything.

With that amount of success, other ideas began to surface, and coach Logan Ray brought up the idea of obtaining a scorer’s table.

“I think I may have rolled my eyes at him and assured him there was no way we could raise that kind of money,” Dr. Reed joked.

When  $55,000 materialized from donors in February, for the full bleacher installation, they realized they had enough additional funds to obtain the scorer’s table. By selling cups and even Eclipse-themed t-shirts in August, they were able to order padded chairs for the players as well.

“I can tell you this,” Dr. Reed said. “If you ever have some money you need spent, Logan Ray will find a way to use it for our kids.”

Dr. Reed then highlighted some meaningful donations from the most unlikely of sources. One student, Eli Birdsong, won the 50/50 raffle at a ballgame, and donated his winnings to the bleacher fund. And Amanda Wilbanks’ 4th grade class donated their entire Christmas party fund as well.

Other contributors included the Chymiak Family Foundation, founded by Ken and Susan Chymiak, who also funded the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for children up to five years-old in the district, and the MO-SCI foundation. Ted and Kim Day donated not only through the MO-SCI foundation, but made a personal donation as well. Their family, Dr. Delbert Day, his daughter Lynne Soleta, and Ted and Kim Day attended the presentation.

The family of Brock Andrew Vogt made a contribution in his name. Vogt was, according to Dr. Reed, “a wonderful student, outstanding athlete, leader and later a father.” Vogt was a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and lost his life in 2016.

“During the course of his career he positively impacted the community by saving numerous lives . . . and serving as an excellent role model for the youth and his children,” said Dr. Reed. “Brock loved his school and community.”

Vogt’s name, as well the full list of every donor, will now hang at the entrance to the gym, so everyone who comes by to see a game can also see how the community came together, above and beyond what was originally thought possible.