Buckeye North obtains nearly $54K grant for auditorium project

BRILLIANT — Buckeye North Elementary School got a major shot in the arm with a nearly $54,000 grant to complete its auditorium upgrade.

Principal Susan Nolan said the school received a $53,888 allocation from the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation to help update the decades-old facility with newer seating and paint. Nolan said she received the confirmation on April 30 and was delighted to see the project reach fruition.

“I am very excited. This will be used to furnish and redo the auditorium,” she said. “It will help get the rest of the seating, paint the auditorium and get three new cameras as well.”

Nolan had acquired nearly 300 blue seats from the former Follansbee Middle School this winter after placing the winning bid at auction and plans to purchase 200 more with the windfall.

The seating will replace furniture that has been part of the building since it opened in the 1950s, but there will be fewer seats available since the new chairs are wider.

Nolan said members of North’s WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) group helped transport the items with help from school maintenance workers and other volunteers. She said she contacted the company that installed the chairs at Follansbee to potentially purchase 200 more, and business officials offered to install all of the seats at North. Nolan also planned to use proceeds from the sale of the original seats at North to help defray expenses.

Another goal is to add a fresh coat of paint to the auditorium’s walls, and Nolan hopes to involve the Buckeye Local High School art class in creating pictures of the school mascot, while work could be completed this summer.

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