Aiken High brick sale to benefit media room, teachers
For 130 years, Aiken High has built a solid academic reputation, being named a Cambridge International school and offering the program’s accelerated classes for the first time this fall.
Now, alumni, friends of the school and community members can help lay a strong foundation for the next century.
The Aiken High Improvement Council, in partnership with the PTSO and the the AHS All Sports Booster Club, is selling engraved bricks to raise money to equip the media room in the school’s new wing, which opened last December. Any leftover money will be used to buy supplies for teachers.
The bricks, which can be engraved with personalized messages and memories, will be placed at the school’s main entrance. Each brick costs $65 and is tax deductible.
The project not only will help provide students access to media technology for the 21st century but also honor Aiken High’s and its alumni’s contributions to the community, said Diana Floyd, who is coordinating the effort with Linda Strojan, a retired Aiken High counselor.
“We started talking about what a rich history this school has and how many people who graduated from here have gone on to impact the city of Aiken and many other areas. We thought it would be nice to honor Aiken High’s rich history as we move into the future,” Floyd said. “Aiken High has served our community well. We wanted to recognize that history.”
Messages on the bricks can be up to three lines with 12 characters per line. Using more characters is possible, with permission from the engraver, if they do not affect the integrity of the brick, Floyd said.
“We’d love to have bricks with the names of students who graduated and their class date and teachers and principals with their years of service. Bricks can recognize a class,” Floyd said. “You also can honor the memory of a teacher who was special.”
Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon has a brick, and another honors the memory of Richard Hazen, an Aiken County School Board member, Floyd said.
“He worked so hard to get this new facility,” she said.
Floyd said she hopes to be able to install the bricks over Christmas break if possible.
Floyd said the brick sale also will help the School Improvement Council build an Aiken High alumni base.
“With as many people who graduated from Aiken High in this community, we don’t have a compiled list of alumni,” she said. “As people send in their requests for bricks, we can ask if they will be part of the alumni base, allowing us to invited them for special events or volunteer for job shadowing or other service opportunities. It will give us a connection to people who have a love for Aiken High.”
For more information about the brick sale or to be included in the alumni base, contact the Aiken High School Improvement Council at email@example.com.