The Ontario Growth Association (OGA) initiated a fundraiser last school year for a new electronic digital sign for our school district. Through the generous donations of several community members, local businesses and organizations, our Digital Sign Project recently came to fruition. On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, the Ontario Board of Education held a special breakfast to recognize and honor the following donors of this project.
Richland Bank $5,000
Chris Hiner, President of Richland Bank $205
Grant Milliron $1,000
Mark and Zoi Romanchuk, PR Machine Works $1,000
Greg Boyce, Modern Woodmen $2,500
Ontario Athletic Boosters $1,000
Ontario Growth Association (OGA) $2,500
Randy Shaver, Strategic Turf Systems, Inc. $1,500
Todd Lester, Walmart Manager $2,500
Nick and Wes Turnbaugh of Amcrete, donated the concrete footer and base
Pete Anderson of Mansfield Brick, donated the brick structure
Darrell Arnold of Arnold's Landscaping, donated the surrounding landscape
During the breakfast, Superintendent Carmichael thanked the Ontario Growth Association (OGA) for all the time and effort they spent over the past year and a half to make our Digital Sign Project a reality. Additionally, each of the donors was recognized for the contributions to this project. Superintendent Carmichael added, "We were down to the last $205 needed to purchase the new digital sign. Chris Hiner asked me how much was still needed to finalize the purchase of the sign, and he then wrote a personal check for $205".
The donors were thanked for their invaluable assistance to the Ontario School District. The assistance of these community partners have enabled our school district to accomplish far more than it otherwise could have. The new digital sign will enable us to be in the forefront of technology and help us promote the excellent programming that distinguishes Ontario Schools from other schools in Richland County. The digital sign will serve as a communication tool to service the community and enhance the school's ability to advertise programs and events. According to Superintendent Carmichael, "Our district taxpayers have not approved an additional operating levy tax since 2006. We continue to do a good job with the monies that we have. One of our main concentrations this school year is in integrating technology in our classrooms, through the purchase of new technology equipment and programs and the purchase of one-to-one Chromebooks in grades 6 & 9. There is very little money in our budget to afford the "extras", such as a new electronic digital sign. Therefore, this project would never have become a reality without the generosity of these donors."