Rivesville Elementary Middle School held a dedication ceremony Saturday, Oct. 5 to thank people who contributed to its covered walkway project.
Principal Mark Stutler said the school really needs the covered walkway. He said the kids were getting wet, and textbooks were getting damaged. After several months, the project is wrapping up thanks to the community's help.
"The second stage will involve replacing the steps and the landing of the gymnasium as well as the rod iron railing. Then we will have a third stage and that's to complete the canopy for the Q building gymnasium area," Stutler said.
The project should finish in the spring.
Rivesville Elementary/ Middle School is one of the only schools in Marion County that requires students to walk outside several times a day.
Principal Mark Stutler said a covered walkway is something that the school has been needing for a while now.
He said on rainy days, the kids were getting wet. They were also using textbooks as umbrellas, causing them to be ruined.
Principal Stutler put the project out for three bids. He said the lowest estimate he received on the covered walkway was $40,000.
Not having the money up front, he worked with the Marion County Board of Education and Rivesville alumni to raise $10,000.
"One of the big contributors was Rick and Linda Parker, class of 1966 who live in Twinsburg, Ohio. Rick and Linda gave a substantial amount," he said.
He said he then contacted the West Virginia Board of Education, as well as several county and state officials for the remainder of the funds.
"They saw our vision and our finished picture of what it would look like," he said. "I think it gave them something they could attach their minds to. They realized we were serious about it. We literally went about raising 10 thousand dollars on our own."
The school also purchased new furniture for students, including brand new desks.
Stutler expects the entire project to be completed next spring.
"The initial stage of the canopy is 85 percent complete. It's supposed to be finished this week once we get all of the materials in from Lowes. The second stage will involve replacing the steps and the landing of the gymnasium as well as the rod iron railing. Then we'll have a third stage and that's to complete the canopy for the Q building gymnasium area," he said.