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Community involvement builds new field house

Clarkston High School juniors Jesse Chadwell, left, and Nate Yeloushan display one of the many options for brickpavers. (click for larger version)
March 21, 2012 - Brick by brick, the Wolves are building the foundation for the Clarkston High School stadium's field house.

The field house will have team locker rooms for all the Clarkston athletic teams and will also be used for the marching band. It will include larger concession stand to service fans. It will also be more accessible to all patrons.

The Clarkston Athletic Boosters are taking on the job of raising money for the new addition, as it is not included in the $20 million school bond proposal.

"We're selling brick pavers and signage," said Kurt Richardson, booster club representative and head coach for the Wolves' Varsity Football team.

"It is a good way to raise money and a good way to get the community to get involved," he added.

"Players, maybe that have already graduated or current, can someday bring their sons or daughters and show them their bricks. They can buy a brick in memory of their parents. Families are buying them as well. It is part of Clarkston forever and a good way to bring the community together."

The bricks will be part of the patio planned to surround the field house. The bricks are available in various sizes, 4 inches by 8 inches for $175, 8 inches by 8 inches for $300 and 8 inches by 12 inches for $500 and are available until June 15.

Families as well as students, teams, alumni and companies are more than welcome to purchase a brickpaver.

Another way to help is purchasing signs. They are selling signs not only for the back of the new concession stand but also signs going around the field.

They expect to break ground in April and plan to have the field house finished by August.

They are still accepting bids on the work as well as materials for the building or landscaping.

"We would like to keep it local," Richardson said, adding bids can be submitted to Mark Applebaum at JCS Construction Services.

He added there are also committees looking for extra help with different areas.

"We will need help later with things like painting," Richardson said. "That is what happened when we built the field house at Clarkston Junior High School. It was the community pitching in because it is for all that use the field - soccer, lacrosse, track, football and the marching band."

The athletic teams currently use an equipment shed filled with stored equipment for the different athletic teams.

The new facility would allow the existing storage barn and concession stand to be used for storage. Another bonus is the concession stand will be level with the parking lot and bigger.

It will be built on the north side of the athletic field and will include two levels with a new concession stand area, locker rooms and bathrooms.

Forms are available online at www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/athletics on the football team's page.

For more information, to be added to the email list or to donate, please contact Karen Nicklin at karennicklin@comcast.net. To submit a bid, please contact Applebaum at 248-960-1234 or mapplebaum@jcsconstruction.com.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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