Bear Facts June 2020 (Volume 1)

Welcome to the official newsletter of the Ballard High School Alumni Association. Our mission is to keep graduates and friends of Ballard up-to-date on school news and alumni news. Below are a few highlights from our June Bear Facts, download the full version here:

We Support Peaceful Protests to Bring About Social Change

Your Alumni Association recognizes the need for fair opportunities for all, regardless of race. We recognize that black lives matter and we are proud to support justice and peaceful protests for all who feel suppressed. These issues have given all of us a reason to pause and reflect on how we can do more to support positive change.

We encourage readers to click the link below to view Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio’s remarks from his June 5 Weekly Wrap-Up on our current social crises.

Update on the New Football Stadium Construction

The Ballard Alumni Association was formed to support the Academics, the Arts and the Athletics for all BHS students. The condemning of the football stadium was out of our control and could not have come at a worse time, but it did.

This is the first time that any of us have been asked to step up to this level to help Ballard, and your response has been gratifying. Since the beginning of this year, we have raised $372,000 thus far, even in the midst of all that has gone on in our country and in our lives. The Board of Directors wants to thank you for your generosity.

Phase 1 of the Stadium Project has begun:
The new bleachers are being installed.
The new track installation will begin July 1. JCPS has sent out bids for the new storage & team meeting room building.
Plans for the new entrance have been submitted and bids are coming in now. Installation of the Donor plaques will follow soon.

You still have time to make a contribution through the purchase of a brick or paver. For more information and to buy a brick of your own, click on the link below. We are still seeking a Donor for naming rights of the turf field. For more information, contact Steve Gowers at steve.gowers@capitasfinancial.com or click on the link below.

https://www.thatsmybrick.com/ballardalumni

What’s Bruin in Your World?

Taken a new job recently? Have a new baby or grandbaby you’d like to introduce to Bruin Nation? Perhaps a new pet like Miss Asta here who just came into my life? Want to share a story about a classmate who has done something really unique? If you have news to share, send it to Rudy Moeller at the email address below for inclusion in an upcoming issue of The Bear Facts.

Sign Up for the Ballard Alumni Association today!

Our Alumni website will include trivia, games, newsworthy spotlights and the ability to connect with former friends and classmates. Sign up here!

The Membership Committee is looking for more more volunteers. Our ongoing goals include encouraging graduates to join to help with projects and outreach. We continue to look for class leaders that can assist us with gathering email addresses from their era.

Your suggestions are welcome and encouraged! To be part of the fun, reach out today to Caroline Robinson at the email address below.

caro61@bellsouth.net