“This is an ongoing fund-raiser conducted by the Poland Touchdown Club,” said parent trustee and brick paver project committee person Lisa Reardon.
The brick paver project began in 2009 when 633 bricks were sold. Each brick had space to memorialize a loved one in a permanent setting at the high school. The planned entrance into the stadium had space for 2,300 bricks which meant the walkways were filled in with blank bricks. The blank ones are easily removed so engraved bricks could be set in, making the paver project an ongoing fundraiser for the Poland Touchdown Club, according to Reardon.
“Half of all money generated from this project will be used for future improvements at the stadium,” she said.
She said the initial order paid for the new sound system at the stadium. Future orders will continue the improvements and will also provide for the Poland Bulldog football team.
“We will help with whatever purchases the athletic department or the football coach wants,” Reardon said.
In some cases, the paver funds help more than just the football program. Reardon said the new sound system is used by several sports besides just football that play in the stadium.
Following the 2009 initial order, the Touchdown Club added 20 more pavers in 2010 and last year sold 39. The pavers will continue to be sold until all 2,300 spots are filled.
Orders for the brick pavers are sent in once per year, at the end of May, with the new shipment of engraved pavers being installed in late summer, prior to the first home football game. Order forms for the brick pavers can be obtained at www.battlingbulldogs.com, in the athletic office or at the concession stand at the home football and soccer games. Reardon said there is a lot of spaces left as well as opportunities to help the Touchdown Club continue their support of the football team.
“The Bulldogs home opener is tomorrow night,” Reardon said. “Come cheer on the Bulldogs and, while you're there, please take a few minutes to notice the bricks in the walkway.”
Photo special to the Town Crier
Tom Tipton, owner of Tipton’s Landscaping, and his daughter, Tina, arrange and install the latest shipment of engraved brick pavers at the Poland Stadium. They should be in place and ready in time for this Friday’s home opener against Marlington.