Canopy project donators recognized

Keiran Sheridan, Staff writer

Two plaques recognizing those who contributed to the funding for the canopy will be mounted in the courtyard during the coming week. The plaques recognize families, individuals and corporations who donated $250 or more to the canopy project that began about two years ago and was completed last summer.

“When we first wanted to begin the canopy project, we weren’t sure if it was even feasible,” Assistant Principal for Facilities Jim Melia said. “We had to hold multiple meetings, get bids and see if we could get the funding for it. With the generosity of our parents, we were able to meet and complete these goals.”

Each year, parents are required to complete 20 service-learning hours per child they have enrolled at West Shore. When the funds for the canopy were being raised, parents were given the option to donate $100 to the canopy projected as an alternative for completing their hours. Many parents took advantage of this opportunity, contributing more than the required amount.

“My family thought the canopy project was a great asset to the West Shore campus and that it would serve future students long after our girls are gone, so we decided to donate,” Silver Level Donor April Shaw said.

Anyone who donated between the $250 and $300 are mentioned on the Silver Level Donors plaque, and those who donated more than $300 are listed on the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond plaque. The donors included families, individual students and companies such as DRS Technologies and Sutton Properties, with contributions ranging from $250 upward to $5,000.

“I think it is a great way to say thank you to everyone who supported the project and supported our school,” Melia said. “It will be something that will remain here for a long time, allowing future students to see and remember what others contributed to the school.”