MONTROSE – Dreams of a new soccer field at Johnson Elementary School are now a reality – almost – thanks to parents, faculty and local businesses.
The school’s Parent Action Committee, or PAC, led by parent Amy Bush, coordinated with the Montrose County School District RE-1J in turning an undeveloped piece of land on the west end of the school's property into an irrigated field that will be seeded next spring.
The project, constructed during the summer months, was managed from start-to-finish by the PAC, according to Bush in a press release.
“The grass will be planted in the spring as soon as the water is turned back on, and if anyone is interested in helping complete the project or would like to make a donation, please contact the school at 249-2584," Bush said.
This effort was in large part due to generosity from volunteers, district president Kjersten Davis said Tuesday.
Davis said the Johnson project is a great example of parents and the community getting involved to make district schools, and the conditions for students, better.
"That was a great place for volunteers to work with our schools," Davis said.
According to the release, support from residents Ron Eden, Marty DelTondo and Randy Friend, and "so many hard-working volunteers," was instrumental in the field's construction.
“We’re very proud of our PAC and we are grateful for the support our community has given. Our students are so ready for this field to be used," Johnson principal Lisa Pierce said.
Businesses who participated in the construction include: Home Depot, Grand Junction Pipe, Design Scapes, Jerry Skees, Dominoes, Bubbles Photography and Subwiches. The following families were also included: Bush, Griffith, Nichols, Waldow, Belisle, Aufderheide, Helken and Imus family.