MONROE — A group of volunteers is working to help install stadium seating at South Sevier High School — a $120,000 proposal.
The project got a $60,000 shot in the arm last week from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation.
“The high school is our community gathering place,” said Kathleen Schoemig, committee chairperson. She said that beyond high school sporting events, the high school is also where Monroe City has large public hearings. Other public events are hosted on the campus as well.
The goal is to hit the $120,000 mark before summer of 2020 so stadium seats can be installed in the main gym of the high school.
The donation will add to the funds already accumulated and make the summer of 2020 a possibility for installation of the more comfortable and accessible patron seating. Committee members are offering individual donations of $250, which will buy one seat with the donors name on each seat purchased.
“The addition of the seating will add to a much needed upgrade and enhance our community gathering place for many years to come,” Schoemig said. “The plans contain bays for wheelchairs and railings for easier access. This affords a great advantage to those who need this accommodation.”
Schoemig said the building attracts parents, grandparents and great-grandparents to watch various sporting events through the year.
In fact, the building hosts more than 100 events through the year, said Peter Nackowski, committee member and Monroe Lions Club member. The Lions Club hosts an annual basketball all-star game at the end of the prep season each year in the gym.
Donations can be made to Monroe City at 10 North Main Monroe, by check or credit card. For more information, call (435) 527-4621. There is also a Gofundme.com page for the effort — click on the magnifying glass icon and enter “SSHS Stadium Seats.”
“The Monroe Lions Club and community committee is excited to bring this gift to our Little Green Valley,” Schoemig said. “SSHS friends, let’s get this done.”