Saturday, August 6, 2011

Weight Room Addition

The Newell-Fonda Community School is into an addition possible by the generous donation of Don Anderson. Mr. Anderson had set up a trust fund many years ago. For the first 10 years, the fund provided scholarships for Newell-Fonda graduates who were entering any medical field related career. This fund provided many students opportunities to establish themselves into a career of service in the medical field.

At the end of 10 years, the principal (approximately $325,000) was to be divided up and used by 4 specified groups within the school district. The 4 areas are Music, Speech, Art, and Athletics. Committees were formed for each area and recommendations made on the use of money. One of the goals was to provide an impact on students of the Newell-Fonda district as long-term as possible.

The Athletic committee had long seen a need for a improved weight room facility. The have dedicated the entire share of the Anderson Trust Athletic apportionment to the construction of a new weight room facility which is located north of the small gym. Below are progress pictures provided by Scott Kilbride, bus driver and photographer extraordinaire. Thank you to Scott for sharing his photos. Substantial completion will be near or by November 1st.

This is a view looking south from the railroad tracks. The wall directly behind is the small gym.

The exterior framing is nearly complete. The four large windows will look north and provide a lot of natural light.

This view is from the west, you can see the old bus barn and the big gym in the background. There will be an entrance door on both the east and west, seen at right, to the weight room.

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