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District launches capital campaign for project


ELLIS -- Ellis High School and the USD 388 Education Foundation are conducting a capital fundraising campaign, Raise the Bar, to support the new wrestling and weight facility.

The district is spending approximately $325,000 of capital outlay money on the project.

"A lot of the equipment down there (in the old weight room) is 20 years plus old -- pretty worn out," said Corey Burton, EHS principal.

Rather than bring old equipment to the new facility, a group of teachers and community members is raising money for the equipment and upgrades for the facility.

The equipment list includes Pro-Series single sided racks, Pro-Series adjusting benches, Performance Series benches, uni-lateral leg press, eight stack jungle, leg curl/leg extension combo, glute/hamstring developers, neck machine, York VTX grip plates, bumper plates and bars.

Donations also will go toward putting in a rubberized floor and a 12-foot strip of turf near the middle of the weight room.

Fundraising started in December with a goal of $80,000. The number changes almost daily, but group has raised more than $55,000.

There is a link to the fundraising information on the school's website, www.usd388.k12.ks.us/.