Students at Bashaw School love playing sports, and every sports team on campus won big this year when Bashaw Crop Services chose to donate their #ThankARetailer prize towards much-needed renovations for the school gymnasium.
“The hope is that all of our teams will host tournaments in the building, and we’re going to bring in outside community members as well,” said Myranda Shepherd, the school’s principal.
Since receiving the donation, the athletic department has installed a new scoreboard, 30-second clock, digital signage, and revamped other equipment as well.
Shepherd says that many of the Bashaw community members attended the school in the past and are impressed with the renovations.
“We’re a very community-centered school,” she said. “We just had our first game here, and some community members actually came in just to see the scoreboard.”
Craig Dimond was the principal of Bashaw School up until the 2016-2017 school year. He says that when Joanne Schoff, an agronomist at Bashaw Crop Services, told them they’d be receiving the prize money, the faculty felt extremely proud that the retailer cared so much about the school’s vision.
“Having been in rural communities for most of my career, it was an affirmation of the importance of these areas and the family feel of these schools,” he said.