Community Steps Up

November 7, 2017

In South Dakota, the Edgemont School District will soon have several facility upgrades, thanks to the efforts of many volunteer workers. The idea began with building a new track, but grew through community members' genorosity.

According to the Rapid City Journal, only $40,000 was budgeted for the new track, but many residents came forward to offer help, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of goods and services. This enabled other improvements, such as an underground sprinkler system for the football field and three new scoreboards.

Mark Jones, a volunteer who works for BNSF Railway as a locomotive engineer, said the project was a way of helping improve Edgemont.

“I just think we all want a nice community to live in,” Jones said. "And this is one way to do that." 

According to Lane Ostenson, Edgemont's Athletic Director, the track will be finished by spring. He said that Edgemont will be "up there with most of the other schools in South Dakota” once all the improvements are finished.

"We’re moving forward," Ostenson said. “I think a project like this shows progress in a small community.”

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