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School thankful for track




To the Editor:

FIRST WALK AROUND THE TRACK — Pictured from left, sixth-grade students McKenzie McIntyre, Brooklynn Madden, and Meggan Johnson took a walk around the then justcompleted walking track at Beckham Bates Elementary School at Colson. The track has a front loop that covers the entire ground around the front of the building, as well as a connecting loop that goes around the back part of the campus. The county road department did the construction work, with all gravel donated by EQT. The only expense to the school was a “felt-like” material put down to keep grass from growing through the gravel. Funds for that material came from a “Lowe’s Toolbox” grant.

FIRST WALK AROUND THE TRACK — Pictured from left, sixth-grade students McKenzie McIntyre, Brooklynn Madden, and Meggan Johnson took a walk around the then justcompleted walking track at Beckham Bates Elementary School at Colson. The track has a front loop that covers the entire ground around the front of the building, as well as a connecting loop that goes around the back part of the campus. The county road department did the construction work, with all gravel donated by EQT. The only expense to the school was a “felt-like” material put down to keep grass from growing through the gravel. Funds for that material came from a “Lowe’s Toolbox” grant.

The students, parents, community, and staff of Beckham Bates Elementary School would like to thank the Letcher County Fiscal Court and EQT (formerly Equitable Resources) for their generosity in making our dream of constructing a walking track on our grounds become reality.

More than 500 tons of gravel was donated by EQT, and all labor was done by members of the Letcher County Road crew and District Four Magistrate Keith Adams.

The following people were on board with our committee from the start and were instrumental in helping our dream come true: Letcher County Judge Executive Jim Ward, Deputy Judge Executive Eddie Meade, District Two Magistrate Archie Banks, Letcher County Parks and Recreation Director Derek Barto, Letcher County School Board Member Dr. Sam Quillen, Jr, Equitable Resources, BBES staff and community members.

Special thanks to Magistrate Adams who graciously volunteered his time to do all of the grader work, the county road crew who did a spectacular job, and District Two Magistrate Archie Banks who coordinated everything for us and stuck with this project through bad weather and delays. We also want to thank Judge Ward and Deputy Judge Meade for coming over on the first day to put their personal touches on our project.

We truly appreciate the generosity and selflessness shown to us by all involved parties.
RICK WARF
Principal


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