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Friends deliver over $1 million

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A group from Friends of Middlesex County Public Schools (FMCPS) presented a $188,500 check to the Middlesex County School Board Monday night that will go toward the cost of installing lights on the Syd Thrift Athletic Complex baseball and softball fields at Middlesex High School. Since 2002, the 501(C)(3) Friends group has raised over $1 million towards the cost of the MHS athletic complex. Pictured above are, from left, school superintendent Dr. Peter Gretz; Jamaica District school board member Elliott Reed; Dolly Thrift of the FMCPS; Hartfield District school board member Jim Goforth; school board chair Claudia Soucek who is receiving the donation; Johnny Fleet of FMCPS; Jackie Taylor, treasurer of FMCPS who is presenting the donation; James Pitts of FMCPS; Pinetop District school board member Garland Harrow; and Saluda District school board member Richard Shores. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

Since 2002 the Friends of the Middlesex County Public Schools (FMCPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has raised over $1 million that has gone to fund parts of the Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at Middlesex High School in Saluda.

At a Middlesex County School Board meeting on February 11, members of the Friends presented a check for $188,500 to go toward payment of the recently installed lights on the baseball and softball fields at the complex.

In 2007 the Friends raised over $114,000 for the Syd Thrift Complex—$75,000 of which was used toward the purchase of land on Saluda Business Route 17 that was adjacent to the high school property. The purchase of this property was a major contribution to the entire project. The land backs up to the MHS softball field and provided room for an eastern entrance to the sports complex, a parking area and a football practice field. A portion of the $114,000 also was used to cover engineering and site plan expenses for the project.

During the process of building the complex, whenever there seemed to be funding issues that might slow progress, the group found a way to make things work.

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posted 02.14.2019

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