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ST. MARYS â€” Roughriders young and old have the opportunity to own a personalized piece of history from an old landmark.
Jim Freewalt is offering commemorative brick plaques that feature bricks from the old Memorial High School. Each brick can be personalized with a photograph of the school for $65 or a portrait for $72.
â€śIt all started last year when I knew they would be tearing the old high school down,â€ť Freewalt told The Evening Leader. â€śI just hated to see the place completely disappear from us.â€ť
Each brick contains a laser engraving on black acrylic. The acrylic is accented with blue and gold trim. Freewalt said his company, Laserworks, can engrave practically any image he receives.
â€śI can laser engrave on almost any material â€” marble, granite, glass, wood, metal, acrylic and plastic,â€ť Freewalt said. â€śThe image, if I can get it on my computer somehow, I can put it on the material. My laser is 18 inches by 24 inches by 11 inches deep. I can actually put a small headstone on there and engrave that.â€ť
The bricks also will help Roughriders of the future. Freewalt said he plans to donate $10 from each brick sold to help fund youth academic/athletic programs.
â€śThe more I sell, the more I can raise for that,â€ť Freewalt said. â€śI wanted the old school to be used for new school students. It just seemed logical to do that, to put it back into use for the kids so itâ€™s actually still functioning somehow.â€ť
Bricks can be ordered by calling Freewalt at 419-953-6902 or by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Samples and forms can be found at The Evening Leader, Albertâ€™s Sporting Goods, Cisco Garden Center and the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.