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$3.5M 'Return to Glory' Capital Campaign Unveiled

WAHS Homecoming event kicks off ‘Return to Glory’
— In a celebration of both its past, present and future, the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation showcased the high school’s successes and unveiled plans for its future during halftime at its Homecoming game.
In addition to the annual crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, a special half-time presentation and student performance launched the WASD Education Foundation’s “Return to Glory” capital campaign, in the wake of receiving its recent $500,000-contribution from the district’s transportation company, Student Transportation of America, Inc.
That donation secured the naming rights for the high school stadium in an agreement passed by the school board on Oct. 1, and becomes effective July 1, 2014.
With a $3.5 million goal, the “Return to Glory” campaign is driven by a volunteer task force of community leaders to restore and update the high school’s aging athletic complex.
Modernization is expected to include the installation of an expanded all-weather turf field for football, soccer and band; a new track-and-field complex; and other infrastructure improvements to the stadium that are scheduled for a fall 2015 finish.
At the center of these events was the Alumni Tent, which was open above the stands throughout the game, where attendants were able to review information on the campaign with committee members, as well as have a chance to win raffle prizes and enjoy complimentary refreshments.
At halftime, district athletes and community sports organizations came together on the field in a Cherry-and-White spectacle, filling in a “W” formed by the Marching Millionaires.  Head Principal Michael Reed and high school social studies teacher Marilouise Mazzante rallied the crowd with a “Return to Glory” chant, following rousing remarks about the campaign’s plans.
“It is time we return to glory!” Mazzante shouted, punctuating an end to the campaign’s halftime launch.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.wasd.org/returntoglory and “like” it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WASDReturn2Glory.

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