GRAETTIGNER - A cooperative effort between the Graettinger-Terril Community School District and patrons of the district was honored last week with an Open House. The Graettinger-Terril Weight Room and Fitness Center facility, located on the south edge of the Graettinger facility, was officially dedicated, with several of the major donors to the project being honored at the event.
The Weight-Training/Fitness Center facility is a 50'x100' Energy Panel Structures building, located on the southwest corner of the school campus in Graettinger. One-half of the building houses a new weight room and fitness center, while the other half of the building houses the Titan Wrestling room, where the wrestlers conduct their workouts during the season.
Friday's open house culminated over two years of planning and study that included the construction of the building. Fundraising efforts to pay for the facility, as well as equip it with fitness equipment, have been ongoing since the Fall of 2013.
DONORS HONORED – Several of the donors to the Graettinger-Terril Weight room/Fitness Facility project were honored at an Open House last Friday. Pictured from left to right are Brian Jackson of Bank Plus, Cody Alesch of the Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home; Jen Hough of Avera Holy Family Health; Steve Schnell of Northstar Bank; Bill Brown of EPS; Steve Prather of the Six Pack Closed Golf Tournament; Kim Hoffman and Jeff Buechler of Bank Plus. – David Swartz photo
The Fitness Facility is open to the public and membership arrangements are available by contacting the school. Through the generosity of various businesses, groups and individuals, the Fitness Facility is equipped with three treadmills, five elliptical machines, three stationary bikes and a variety of free weights, as well as Power Lift weight training racks. So far, over $30,000 has been raised for the equipment for the Fitness facility.
Currently, the Fitness facility is open to the public from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily, but the equipment is reserved for use by high school students from 6:00 to 7:30 a.m. daily. High school Physical Education classes may also reserve the facility when needed.
In establishing the fundraising campaign, four levels of giving were established, starting with Black, Silver, Purple and Titan Donors. A total of three donations were made at the Titan level of giving, including a $10,000 donation from Bank Plus, a $5,000 donation from Energy Panel Structures (EPS) of Graettinger and a $3,000 from Bill and Diane Brown.
Purple Donors made donations of $1,000 each to the fund. Those donors were the River Valley Telecommunications Cooperative; The Six-Pack Closed Golf Tournament; Avera Holy Family Heath of Estherville; the Graettinger-Terril Booster Club; NorthStar Bank of Estherville and the Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home of Graettinger; Steve Schnell and Duane and Kim Hoffman.
Donations of $500 comprised the Silver Donors. Those donors included the Graettinger Country Store and Shaver Manufacturing of Graettinger.
Donations of $100 comprised the Black level of giving. Donating to the project at this level were the Henry-Olson Funeral Homes; State Bank of Terril; Team Sports Network; Ethan and Carol Tindall; Rod and Jeannine Hough; Darin and Stacy Koenck; Mike and Jenn Schnell; Jack Creek Farms; Todd and Jen Hough; Lucas and Kendra Hough; Shane Alesch and Ryan and Amanda Mart.
Also key to the fundraising effort was a grant that the school received from the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Commission.
"We would like to thank all of the sponsors for their generous donations and support of this effort for our youth and communities," noted Todd Hough, Weight Room Coordinator at Graettinger-Terril. "Our special thanks go out to PACGDC for the grant funding they awarded the district for this project."