8/7/2013 8:46:00 AM Heritage Middle School unveils new gym floor
Heidi Dahms Foster/Review
“Catfish” Athelli speaks at the dedication of the new gym floor at the Heritage Middle School in Chino Valley Saturday. Athelli helped raise a substantial amount of the floor’s cost through the Arizona Sundogs. The new $15,800 floor was paid for by public donations and fundraisers, and some money from the Chino Valley School District. Principal Mardi Read said she inherited the project as she started work in July, but she’s excited to know that 600 students per day, along with the public during community events, will use the new surface.
Heidi Dahms-Foster Former Editorial Manager
An excited group of community boosters filed into the gym at Chino Valley's Heritage Middle School Saturday evening, as the smell of new varnish hung in the air.
That is the smell of success for a nearly $16,000 community project to resurface the gym's old floor with a bright new, state of the art floor, complete with a painting of the Chino Valley Cougar - which is now the mascot for all Chino Valley School District schools.
Supt. Duane Howard explained that consolidating the mascot would help foster unity and pride among all the district's schools and in the community.
Principal Mardi Read said she inherited the project as she started at Heritage in July, but observed it is a community effort.
"We could not have done this without your support," she said.
Read and Carolyn Reeder, assistant principal, handed out plaques of appreciation to community members and business leaders who worked tirelessly to see the project completed.
Major sponsors for the project include the Arizona Sundogs with Catfish Athelli; the Chino Valley Alco Store, which donated their entire closing hardware department to be sold to raise money for the floor; State Farm - Penny Hubble, Agent; and Drake Cement.
The HMS PTSO, Territorial Elementary Student Council, Vang Computer Systems, Chino Valley Elks, My Kids Dentist, Tombstone Tactical, Tom's Print and Sign, and Chino Valley Rotary Club also were honored for their donations.
Proud students joined in the festivities as they escorted attendees to the gym and then thanked them for coming.
Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013
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Mr. Athelli has been a hidden angel to our community. This is just one of the very many blessings he has done for Chino Valley, PV, and Prescott. Not many know he was also a huge part of putting together the Memorial Service at Tim's Toyota Center for the Hotshots. If you see him, make sure to thank him . He is one of the few the truly make a difference in the Community, and he is so humble .
God bless you and your family. Thank you for blessing us.
Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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Catfish, my friend. You done good!.
Great job bringing Chino Together for the kids.
We need a guy like you to head up some fundraising for the High School Football team!