Winter is in the air, but baseball and softball are on our minds here at Atlantis Charter School. We are launching a banner campaign to raise money to build a new Field of Dreams for the Tritons baseball and softball teams, which will be situated next to our state-of-the-art track and field complex.
The first mailers went out last week for the Atlantis Field of Dreams Banner Campaign. Organizations will have the opportunity to purchase a custom-printed banner to hang on the fence surrounding the athletic facilities at Atlantis.
The entire school community is getting involved with banner sales. Staff, booster club parents, and students will act at banner sales representatives. For the students, Atlantis is introducing a little friendly competition. Student banner sales reps will compete for prize money. The three grades with the highest sales will receive prize money for their choice of school event.
“We see this as a fun learning opportunity for students,” said Michael Lauro, associate executive director of Atlantis. “They will learn how to talk to potential customers, which in turn will help improve their communication skills and build confidence.”
Today, Atlantis’s baseball and softball teams practice and play at other off-site facilities. Once completed this new field will give both teams a home field advantage for the very first time.
The field will feature natural Kentucky Blue Grass and will include in-ground irrigation, sports field lighting, scoreboards, fencing, a grandstand and bleachers, perimeter walkways, parking and emergency vehicle access routes. Atlantis intends to share the use of the field with neighboring school youth and adult-based recreation and sports team organizations so that it not only benefits Atlantis students, but the entire community.
“We want this to be a Field of Dreams not only for Atlantis students, but for the people of Fall River – a true heart of the community,” said Lauro. “We want to see kids and adults make memories on this field, maybe one day we could even play host to a large event like the Special Olympics. The possibilities are endless.”
ELA Sport, the Pennsylvania-based firm that oversaw construction of the track & field project, provided a preliminary design for the new field free of charge. The Field of Dreams Banner Campaign is intended the raise the funds necessary to cover the rest of the costs involved in the project.
For information on banner size, pricing and placement, or to purchase a banner, please contact Mary Lee Pomroy by phone at (508) 646-6410 ext. 1061 or email at MaryLee.Pomroy@Atlantiscs.org.