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August 17, 2013

Walkway coming for LHS Foundation

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Lockport High School Foundation is offering a way for community members to personalize a piece of the school.

Now people can purchase a personalized brick that will be laid down as part of the walkway surrounding the school’s flagpole. The project is being overseen by the foundation, a separate non-profit organization that provides scholarships and other benefits to Lockport High School.

The flagpole is located near the corner of Locust Street and Lincoln Avenue. Renovation of the pole site was a part of the $23.5 million capital improvement project completed at the high school, Movalli said.

The flagpole walkway was originally supposed to be completed as an Eagle Scout project by a Lockport High School student, but plans fell through. So, the foundation stepped in.

”We looked at it as an opportunity,” Movalli said. “So the foundation worked with the district, it’s a nice partnership.”

Interested people can choose from three different brick sizes, the largest being able to hold 11 characters across five lines. The medium size holds eight characters across four lines, while the smallest holds six characters across three lines. Brick placement on the walkway will be random.

People can contact Movalli by email at fmovalli@lockport.wnyric.org or go to the district’s website.

Lockport Board of Education members learned about the walkway bricks at a work session meeting on Wednesday. Members seemed to be in favor of it, citing the potential popularity the project had.

”This could be huge,” said Trustee Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Next to the pole is a rock commemorating Lockport native astronaut Bill Gregory. Gregory became an astronaut in July 1991 and served as the STS-67 pilot on the seven-person astronomical research mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The crew established a mission duration record of 16 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 46 seconds, while completing 262 orbits and traveling nearly 7 million miles.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.