January 22, 2018
Dear Wheaton Area Schools supporter:
After several strategic planning sessions with various community focus groups over the past year, many current and future needs of the school district were discussed. One issue these groups, together with the Wheaton Sports Boosters, feel needs immediate attention is the replacement of the bleachers in the high school gymnasium. While the gymnasium is primarily used for athletic activities, it is also the largest venue for events community members attend, such as coronations, graduations, dance recitals, all-class reunion activities, band and choir concerts, and prom’s grand march.
The current bleachers are in rough shape. They are the original bleachers from when the school was built in 1973, and no longer meet the needs of our community for several reasons.
- They are difficult as far as maintenance. The bleachers are extremely heavy and cumbersome to move in and out for our various events.
- They do not meet safety specifications the school would like to ensure our guests.
- The current bleachers do not have handrails for safety and ease of use, nor do they have cutout spaces to allow wheelchair access.
The Wheaton Sports Boosters along with the Wheaton Area School district have initiated a fundraising effort to replace these bleachers as soon as possible. Our hope is to have them installed this summer. Our monetary goal of $200,000 will help defray the cost of bleachers that will be safe, sturdy, and useable by all. Some community members as well as the Sports Boosters have already seen the need and generously started our fundraising venture.
Please consider donating to this cause as well.
If you have any questions or would like more information, you can access the link on our school website (www.wheaton.k12.mn.us), or contact one of the names listed below.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Dan Posthumus, Superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelley Berger, Sports Boosters board email@example.com
Michelle Rinke, Sports Boosters board firstname.lastname@example.org
See below on how the bleachers will install and work.