ST. MARYS — 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.
“It all started last year when I knew they would be tearing the old high school down,” Freewalt told The Evening Leader. “I just hated to see the place completely disappear from us.”
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.
“I can laser engrave on almost any material — marble, granite, glass, wood, metal, acrylic and plastic,” Freewalt said. “The 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.”
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.
“The more I sell, the more I can raise for that,” Freewalt said. “I 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 it’s actually still functioning somehow.”
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, Albert’s Sporting Goods, Cisco Garden Center and the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.