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Powers Lake Raising Funds for Expansion

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Back in October the people of Powers Lake passed a bond issue that would allow for high school expansion, and get elementary children out of portable classrooms.

After receiving bids for the project the schools found out they are one million dollars short.

Bonnie Campo takes us to those classrooms to find out how they will come up with the money.

If you're a kid at Powers Lake elementary, you know what it's like to be short on space. The original building, erected in 1955, was enough then. But, today every one these children are bussed to and from the high schools cafeteria just so they have a place to eat.

(Sue Gunderson, Principal Powers Lake Elementary) "Back when our enrollment was declining it was no longer feasible to feed the kids at this building. So we though, oh it's about 40 kids or less, we'll just buss them to the high school and close this kitchen. Which wasn't a real big deal, and we bussed them over there and eat, and bring them back, but now our enrollment is at 105. So, it's three different shifts of a bus that comes over, and picks them up, and takes them over to the high school."

Hearing the school was short on cash some children decided they would change things. For the past week they have gone classroom to classroom, and in nine days they have raised almost $3,000.

(Sue Gunderson, Principal Powers Lake Elementary) "There was a group of third grade students that was here, that really wanted to collect some spare change. They thought that could be a way that they could help get this project going."

(Group of Powers Lake third graders) "We count it during recess, and sometimes if we have too much like this we have to take it to the bank."

To ease the elementary schools population, next year the sixth graders will be moved permanently to the high school. And they are calling on some pretty big names to help get funding for that transition.

(Sue Gunderson, Principal Powers Lake Elementary) "It was initiated by a student as well that they want to write the letters to the Governor, and get him to come out and visit, and just see how we are impacted. You know it's great that our tax payers are voting the bond issue, but we would just really like more support from the state because it can't all fall back on us. It is just classrooms that we need to educate the kids, and they're our future."

Gunderson said they need space, and they need it now. In Powers Lake, Bonnie Campo KX News.

The school fund raising committee is contacting past alumni for financial support, and continues accepting donations for the school expansion.

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