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CCEF Recognition Wall Construction Continuing

The Clinton Community Education Foundation is in the process of installing the new recognition wall outside the sports entrance at Clinton High School.

According to Claudine Wargel of the foundation, people in the community have purchased granite tiles to have the name of someone they want to recognize, such as a teacher or veteran, engraved into it. The sales of the tiles are a fundraiser for the Foundation.

The wall is currently underconstruction. The brick of the wall matches with the brick of the school. A limestone cap will be added and then the granite tiles will be placed on later in the summer. While bricks can be purchased once the wall's construction is complete, Wargel encourages people to purchase their tiles before they are installed, as the cost to engrave the tile later will increase once the brick has been installed.

There are varying sizes to the tiles you can purchase and the larger the tile, the more you can engrave. Wargel explains logos, sayings, or dedications can go on the bricks. While just about anything can go on a tile, logos do add extra costs to for the bricks.

With purchases made so far, Wargel says they are seeing various engravings going on the tiles. They are seeing things from parents recognizing their students to graduates recognizing a favorite teacher or even Clinton High School alumni putting inspirational sayings on them for the generations that will walk by the wall to see.

The idea for the Recognition wall came about when another member of the Foundation, Amy Overton, who works for Shive Hattery Inc. of Bloomington. Shive Hattery came forward willing to design the piece for the foundation. Wargel says the addition of the wall will help make the Clinton School District more attractive to people outside the area, since that entrance has become the primary entrance for poeple coming to the school.

Clinton Community Education Foundation is a group of local volunteers who raise money to donate unbudgeted items to the Clinton School District's classrooms.

For more information about the wall or to purchase a brick, visit clintonedfoundation.org.

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