Days Creek Charter School will unveil its new weight room to the community during a Sept. 15 event.

The weight room, which was made possible with a nearly $10,000 grant from the Oregon School Activities Association and a $13,000 contribution from the school district, is the most recent upgrade to the South County school.

In recent years, the school has made several upgrades, such as a newly paved parking lot, a fresh coat of paint and new bleachers in the gymnasium.

“Our former superintendent had a vision and with me getting on around the same time I shared that vision for athletics and the health classes,” said David Hunt, the school’s physical education teacher. “Things were in need, and we as a staff and a community all got together and made these things better.”

Hunt, who also coached football and track and field, wrote the successful grant letter, with an accompanying YouTube video, to the OSAA Foundation. The school district said it would help with additional funding if Hunt received the grant money.

“It was very nice,” Hunt said. “If you look at where we are now compared to five years ago, with all the upgrades we’ve had it’s night and day.”

Steven Woods, principal, executive director and interim superintendent of the charter school district, said, “We’ll have high school and middle school in here and of course our athletic teams. We’ve done tremendous upgrades to the school and this was just one more thing that was needed.”

The new equipment will allow more students to utilize the weight room for sports and physical education classes. The school district is also working on making a schedule to open the weight room for community members when school staff members are on site to supervise.

Students and staff members won’t be able to use the weight room until the equipment is anchored to the floor which should happen within the next two weeks.

“The weight room at Days Creek Charter School has become a point of frustration within the school,” the OSAA Foundation website reads. “With many of the weight being outdated and unsafe, the OSAA Foundation is helping support a new weight system to be purchased by the school. This initiative will not only get more students at the school active but with a gym/workout facility not nearby Days Creek, the weight room will be open for the community to use throughout the year.”

The OSAA Foundation distributed five grants in 2018 for a total of $42,671. Other recipients were the Hillsboro School District, Forest Grove High School, Dallas High School and Reynolds High School.

This was the fifth year the OSAA Foundation participation grant was available to help schools fund initiatives that would increase participation within the walls of their schools in OSAA activities.

Danielle Hunt, a teacher at Days Creek, said the unveiling of the weight room will go hand-in-hand with the Lithia Ford Drive 4 UR School event at the school on Sept. 15, where the school will receive $20 for every person who test drives a new Ford.

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Sanne Godfrey is a sports reporter for The News-Review.

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