The Educator Commemorative Wall will be dedicated at Campbell County High School Tuesday night. The dedication will take place at halftime of the Campbell County High School boys basketball game against Powell High School.
The wall is located outside the gym, and is part of a Campbell County High School Relief Fund campaign to raise money for scholarships, CCHSRF president Logan Hickman said. Lindsay’s Carpet donated the installation of the materials and labor of the wall for free, Hickman said.
The CCHSRF began selling tiles for the wall two years ago as a part of a campaign to raise money for scholarships and honoring educators.
People purchased tiles for $50. The tiles cost the CCHSRF $18.50, and the CCHSRF sells them for $50.
“We net about $31.50 each time we sell one,” Hickman said.
The campaign has raised $3,150 for scholarships, Hickman said.
Those who purchase the tiles place the names of educators they wish to honor on them. The educators honored on the wall don’t have to be from Campbell County, Hickman said.
“We have people from outside the county,” Hickman said.
The wall currently features 100 tiles with names of educators, Hickman said. However, Hickman hopes people will continue to purchase tiles for the wall in honor of educators.
People can continue to purchase tiles, but must fill out forms and mail them to the CCHSRF’s P. O. Box. The forms can be found at the CCHSRF website. It can be accessed through the Campbell County Board of Education homepage. There is a brick wall tab.
“That’s our website,” Hickman said.
The CCHSRF began in 2005.
“We were formed a few days after the shooting,” Hickman said.
The CCHSRF raises funds to give two $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors each May. Since its inception, the CCHSRF has awarded $21,000 in scholarships to 14 high school seniors. Scholarships are given in memory of Ken Bruce.
Because Ken Bruce was a retired Army officer and a teacher, one scholarship is given to student with military aspirations and the other is given to a student who is interested in education.
“We’d like to be ‘the place’ if somebody wants to give a scholarship in Campbell County,” Hickman said.
“We want people to give donations,” Hickman said. “We’re a 501c3 organization. Your donation is tax exempt.”
Over the years, the CCHSRF has raised money in different ways.
Sawyer Brown held a sold out concert in January 2006. All the proceeds went to the CCHSRF.
“We made quite a bit of money out of that,” Hickman said.
The high school also had two bake sales to raise funds for the CCHSRF.