May 28, 2013
Dear Power School Alumni and Supporter
I want to say hello, and thank you for your past support of Power School. Over the past few months there has been discussion regarding the need to construct a new gymnasium for our school. I really don’t mind asking for money – when the project is worthy. At Power School, all projects are worthy – or they don’t get started. And we feel this one merits our special attention.
A new school gymnasium will provided much needed space for our activities and provide greater opportunities for our students and community. Times have changed since some of you have graduated from Power. Girls and boys basketball seasons combined during the 2002 school year. Each year our students are using the gym from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm. The jr. high girls have to practice volleyball at 6 am. On some nights our varsity basketball teams only get about 45 minutes on the floor due to sub-varsity games being played. In short there is not enough gym space to allow necessary time for all participants. Additionally, our gym floor is not regulation size and is one of last small gyms being used in the state. The floor is basically sanded down to its minimum depth, so refinishing the floor is not an option. In addition to serving practice time needs, schools that have two gyms are able to host the jr. high tournaments for volleyball and basketball. Rather than send our students to these events, we could host them.
Additional benefits of an extra gym include: getting students home earlier from practices, having more time to spend with family, accommodating for increased participation in activities such as music, drumline, theater, speech and drama because of open practice times. Also, having only one gym creates a hardship for our elementary and jr. high students. These programs get very little gym time because the season has to be very short due to the high school using the gym from November through March.
A new gymnasium has long been needed by both our school and community. With the addition of a new business in the form of the MillerCoors elevator in the town, we feel that Power is in prime location to aggressively move forward as a community and school. We have choices: be proactive to make changes for a positive future or become stagnant and dry up. The second option has happened to many Montana communities, and they end up losing their school and quickly thereafter their town identity. Let’s not allow Power to become stagnant.
Our goal is $500,000 to be raised through donations from foundations, individuals, businesses and grants. Please take a moment to consider this. No amount is too small.
Power School Board of Trustees
Loren Dunk, Superintendent