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Prescott High students, PTSO able to finally install new electronic sign
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierMembers of the Prescott High School Student Council, PTSO and contractors involved in the new electronic sign at Prescott High School gather for a group photo Monday morning.
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Members of the Prescott High School Student Council, PTSO and contractors involved in the new electronic sign at Prescott High School gather for a group photo Monday morning.
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

As members of Prescott High School's student council gathered around the school's new electronic sign Monday morning, they smiled and chatted with each other.

"The sign has been part of the senior gift for the last few years," said Levi Rosdahl, PHS student council president and a senior. "The student council and PTSO worked together on it, and it's great to finally see it."

The student council classes of 2010, 2011, 2012 and the student body raised $12,000 for the sign, while the Prescott High School Parent Teacher Student Organization contributed $4,000 and made payments on the sign, said JoAnne Chauffeur, president of the PHS PTSO.

"Last year's student body donated about $7,000, which made up the difference and enabled us to get the sign," said Courtney Snow, PHS student council adviser. "Some of that was profit from the prom, dances, and other events. The students decided they really wanted to get the job done quickly."

The new sign has raised school morale, said Zac Sugahara, a PHS student council member and a senior.

"We had an older sign, but it was kind of hard to see, kind of hard to update, so we wanted to modernize it a bit," Sugahara said. "You can get word of events out a lot quicker and have more community involvement."

To update the older sign in front of the school office, a person needs to get on a ladder to post upcoming events or messages.

Principal Totsy McCraley said the electronic sign that can be updated from inside the school "brings us into the realm of the 21st century."

Since the sign is highly visible near the lower parking lot and the baseball field, McCraley said she hopes it helps draw more people from the community to school events.

"It's a beautiful sign, and it was a real community effort," Chaffeur said.

A&B Sign Co. in Prescott gave the students a discount on the sign and donated concrete and labor, said Bryan Wieweck with A&B Sign Co.

"I graduated from this high school, my grandpa Jack Andre taught industrial arts here in the 1960s, and I wanted to give back," Wieweck said. "The students and the PTSO have been working on this for a while, and it helps the students and community keep it local."

A plaque on the ground underneath the new sign reads: "This sign was donated by the Prescott High School Student Council classes of 2010, 2011, 2012 and the Parent Teacher Student Organization."

"I'm just proud of the kids and their participation. It's just a great accomplishment and the whole community will reap the benefits of their handiwork," said Dave Smucker, district superintendent.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Daily Driver

Congrats on a job well done and it is a very cool concept but it is very difficult to read as you drive by. Especially if you compare it to the one at Taylor Hicks that is legible from the road. Can the manufacturer help with the lettering or the lighting to improve that?

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Senior Driver

Oh my gosh, they're going to cause car wrecks with that thing! I know I see flashy signs on the side of the road and it makes me crash into things.

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: too small

the sign is too small. i can't read any of the events.

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