Looking For A Sign
Organized by: Patrick Tray
Supplicant: Prairie Home R-V Schools - Prairie Home, Missouri (That's pronounced R-5, not RV. We do not teach anyone anything about recreational vehicles. There are no driving lessons, no courses in mechanics, not even decorating tips.)
Cause: Replace storm damaged school sign.
On the morning of June 4th our school was savagely beaten in an unprovoked attack by Mother Nature. She took much of our roof, turned it into origami and crazy straws, then deposited it in our parking lot and surrounding trees. Our community rallied together and did an extraordinary job of cleaning an indescribable mess. I'm still amazed by what got done in one day's time.
Before the storm, we had an old-fashioned, hand-operated sign in front of the building. It was the kind with the plastic letters that required a screwdriver to update. Sometimes you had to be creative and make L's out of 7's, while simultaneously trying to figure out how to abbreviate Russellville Basketball Tournament. Our beloved, quirky sign survived the initial storm but met its demise during the clean up when it took a tree to the midsection.
The sign, regardless of its age and difficulty to change, was one of the main ways we communicated with the community. Now it's scrap... I said scrap. Literally. It got hauled off to the knackers yard with the roof. We desperately need a new one. Insurance can help a little, but the old one was, well... old and not worth a lot. It was also a right pain to keep current, especially during the wet, frigid months of January and February. Try getting students to volunteer for sign duty in six inches of snow and sub-zero windchill. However, with your generous support, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We can make it better than it was. Better, stronger, digital-er.
If you graciously donate to our effort we will post an appropriate message of your choosing on our fancy new sign... when we get one. Send your happy birthdays, graduation congratulations, mother's day wishes, fish fry notices, whatever you want... within reason, to email@example.com We'll even take a picture of your message and send it back to you, if you want. If you send inappropriate messages, the kind where you want us to say bad things about Jamestown or the Jayhawks, we will gladly keep your money, but we won't post your requested message. We're all about the positive here.
Thank you so much!
PS. It's tax deductible.