Bear Facts August 2020 (Volume 3)

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 August Bear Facts, download the full version here:

August 2020 Stadium Update: We’re Nearing the Finish!

The Stadium project continues to make great progress under the watchful eyes of Tony Waits ’72, Mike Judah ’75 and Betsy Hultman Wall ’73. Key details include the following:

Brick and paver sales are up to 314 units since the last newsletter. We are keeping the order open as we close in on the next break point for discounts. You now have until August 31 to purchase a brick or paver if you’d still like to participate. To place an order, go to https://www.thatsmybrick.com/ballardalumni.

The new roofs on both the ticket sales and restroom buildings were made possible by generous donations from Mike Judah and K&I Lumber. THANK YOU!

We will soon be announcing that we have a Ballard family who will receive naming rights for their contributions to build a turf field. Stay tuned for further news.

We have raised $586,000 for this project thus far and need another $200,000 to get all the way home. If you’d like to make a donation to the Stadium or the Alumni Association, go to https://chip-in.us/ballard.

Steve Gowers ’72

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented huge challenges for our schools. JCPS has made the decision to begin the 2020-2021 school year “virtually”, and many of our student families with multiple children are at a loss trying to share a single Chromebook to access on-line materials.

The Alumni Association is taking up the challenge by requesting donations to purchase additional Chromebooks. Each Chromebook costs about $300 and about 20 are needed, so we are working to raise $6,000 to make these purchases possible.

Many of our alumni have asked for ways to support the academic aspects of the Ballard experience. If you’d like to help a needy Ballard student succeed in school, this is a fine way to get involved. Any amount is welcome and will go a long way to helping students study at home.

The Alumni Association has set up two ways to contribute:

A Venmo account has been established, so you can contribute via Venmo to @theballardalumniassociation.
You can also send checks payable to “Ballard Alumni Association/Student Fund” and mail it to Steve Gowers at 3701 Taylorsville Road, Suite 3, Louisville, KY 40220.

Thanks so much for your help. You’ll make a difference in a student’s life and future with your involvement.