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Westport among school competing for Clorox award

Funds would help refurbish courts

Overlooking the tennis court from the outdoor basketball court at Westport Central School.

Overlooking the tennis court from the outdoor basketball court at Westport Central School.

— Westport Central School is one of two area districts in competing for a $50,000 grant through the Clorox Grant for Schools Program.

The school is seeking the grant to help renovate the basketball and tennis courts that are located on the school grounds, along with work on the sports fields.

High School business teacher Adam Facteau helped organize that campaign, which gives school the chance to win up to a $50,000 grant toward projects that will help improve a community. Voting for the project runs through Friday, Dec. 9.

“This is a great opportunity for the students and community members of Westport to come together and seek grant funding in these tough economic times,” Facteau said. “So far the effort has been very well received and supported by everyone. Many of the students in the high school are actively voting and recruiting other family and friends to vote via social networking.”

According to the project description, the school seeks to work on the following:

“The remains of our tennis and basketball courts feature weed-ridden, broken-up pavement and faded lines, which would be more fitting for an earth science lab than an athletic match. The softball field lacks an efficient backstop and is located at the bottom of a hill, resulting in difficult accessibility. The nature trail is more of an obstacle course than a safe observatory for learning and outdoor engagement. This grant offers the community and students of Westport with a ‘bright and playful’ future.”

The project would entail the tennis courts to be repaired and re-opened to public use, along with the possibility of bringing back the tennis program at the school. There would also be a set of stairs, a new backstop and scoreboard located on the softball field, along with renovations to the outdoor basketball court, and renovations to the nature trail.

“Having the facilities to promote an active student body is an important aspect of all learning; bringing the community and school together through play,” the project statement reads.

Those interested in helping the school can cast their vote online at www.powerabrightfuture.com/gallery/detail/?nid=1188.

Chazy Central Rural School also has a project that is in competition for funding through the Clorox program.

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