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Posted: April 22, 2014 11:42 p.m.

Brick by brick

Social Circle begins complex campaign

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Social Circle community members, organizations and businesses will be able to purchase bricks to help with the completion of the school system's new athletic complex.

Social Circle City School system announced Tuesday that it would begin a brick sponsorship campaign Tuesday to help supplement its $7.8 million athletic complex.

The complex, which broke ground Nov. 15, 2013, is expected to open this fall in time for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

The brick sponsorship opportunity will allow Social Circle community members to purchase a 4x8 brick that can be scripted with up to three lines of text. The bricks can be used to memorialize or honor individuals, community groups or businesses.

Individual bricks can be sponsored for $75, while larger bricks, which will be targeted primarily to community groups and local businesses, can be sponsored for $100. Discounts are available for multiple brick sponsorships.

“The faculty, staff, students, parents and community of Social Circle are thrilled to provide this avenue of support,” Social Circle Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd McGhee said. “Please become a part of this legacy and support all of those who have and will be a part of ‘The Circle’.”

The athletic complex, which sits adjacent from Social Circle High School, will provide the Redskins’ athletics an all-inclusive home for their sports programs this fall. In the past, the Redskins’ teams have had to travel to off-campus locations to play and practice.

“When completed, the sports complex will be a tremendous benefit to our students and an asset to our community,” Social Circle City Board of Education Chairman Tim Lemonds said. “The funds raised from the sale of these bricks will support our athletes for years to come.”

The complex, which will span over 30 acres, will feature a football field, a track, five tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, a weightroom and an edifice designed for baseball/softball batting practice that can also be used for football practices during inclement weather.

The facility will be used by both Social Circle High School and Social Circle Middle School.

The city purchased the land 25 years ago to be prepared in case of school expansion. The project will be completely paid for by the time it opens, said Social Circle Mayor Hal W. Daily.

“When we do something here, we have to save our money and make the best plan possible,” Daily said. “The School Board has done that and taken a bold move forward. Show your school spirit, and let’s make sure our student athletes have all they need to excel.”

For more information about the project or to sponsor a brick, visit socialcircleschools.com or contact Tony Overstreet at tony.overstreet@socialcircleschools.org.

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