School scoop — Saving the 'Snack Shack'
“I think that all the athletes are aware, from the exterior appearance, that the stand is not a building that elicits pride. It is actually quite sad to look at.”
— Martha Kulikowski
Since the benefit golf tournament last summer, the Boosters of Belfast Area High School have been meeting monthly. The new concession stand was supposed to be built by the facilities department of the district, but that was never able to happen.
“So September came and went, and we as a group decided that we would try to get it done ourselves, as a parent group,” explained Kulikowski, who is the BAHS Booster Club chairperson. Kulikowski and Molly Ross, a teacher at the high school, had received approval from the superintendent to move forward with the project by whatever means available to them. With a copy of the plans now in the hands of another parent, J.R. Lapham, the last several weeks were spent getting quotes.
The 50/50 raffle coins that were previously sold were not as successful as the team would have liked. Last spring, $1,300 was raised by a bottle drive held on a Saturday just after St. Patrick's Day. This year, St. Patty's Day falls on a Sunday. Unsure of the logistics with kids going back to school Monday, the Boosters don't know if it will work out.
The Lion's Pride Golf Classic will be held again for this summer, with a tentative date of Aug. 16. Kulikowski believes they have about $25,000 to put toward the project so far. It is likely the project will have two phases.
“Phase one would include the ground work, foundation and framing up the building, and finishing up the concession side. Phase two would involve finishing the bathrooms in the other half of the building as we can afford to,” explained Kulikowski.
Two $500 scholarships for a female and male student will be awarded, and the boosters would like to build on that once the concession project is complete.
Some Crosby alumni joined the group this year, and they had provided them with some history of the schools and sport facilities. Coach Bartlett, head football coach, came and spoke in December, giving the team an overview of the program and 2012 season, including some footage of their exciting win over Leavitt in the quarterfinals. They also discussed having an athletic hall of fame for both Crosby and Belfast Area High School alumni, although nothing much has happened with that yet.
“We are hopeful to begin constructing this spring,” said Kulikowski.
Many parents have indicated that they will donate their time and/or equipment to help out.
“So hopefully, once the plans are finalized, it will come together pretty quickly,” said Kulikowski.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The team would appreciate monetary donations, as well as community support by attending meetings, helping with fundraisers, and getting involved with a committee donating time or a skill.
If interested, contact Mark Babin, Athletic Director at Belfast Area High School at 338-1790.
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