Maple Park School Bricks To Be Sold For Fundraiser For R.I.D.G.E. Program (PHOTO GALLERY)



HUNTINGBURG (LOCAL SOURCES) – Bricks from the now under-demolition sections Maple Park School will soon be sold as part of a fundraising project for Huntingburg Elementary School’s R.I.D.G.E. program. The unrazed section of the former school will continue to be home to the administrative offices of the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation.

The bricks from the demolition will be cleaned and then sold. The section of the former school that is being torn down is on the Van Buren Street side of the building north of 1st Street. The section is most of the former school’s classrooms, most of which have not been used since the school closed 16 years ago.

Only the southeastern portion of the building is being demolished. The portion being torn down hadn’t been used in years except for storage according to Southwest superintendent Mike Eineman.

Eineman says R.I.D.G.E. program director Sheral Stanton came to him on Monday with the brick fundraiser idea which he immediately approved.   Eineman says details on how the bricks will be sold will be announced shortly.

He says the demolition work is expected to be done by week’s end.

The money raised from the brick sales will be used for Huntingburg Elementary’s R.I.D.G.E. program. R.I.D.G.E. stands for Raiders Involved in Daily Growth and Enrichment. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE R.I.D.G.E. PROGRAM INCLUDING A VIDEO

The R.I.D.G.E. program provides academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Huntingburg Elementary School opened in the fall of 1999 replacing Maple Park as the Huntingburg’s primary elementary school. Maple Park has been home for the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation’s administrative offices since 2000.  The main section of the building will remain after the demolition along with the former school’s library, cafeteria and gymnasium.