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Special bricks helping raise money for Joe Quintal Field

Mitchell High School Activities Director Geoff Gross holds up a victory brick he purchased to commemorate a memorable football game Gross played in during his senior year of high school. This and other bricks will adorn a patio area of the updated football complex. The Mitchell Athletic Booster Club is selling the bricks. (Laura Wehde/Republic Photo)

The brick Geoff Gross purchased carries his name and information about one of the most memorable football games of his high school career.

The Mitchell School District activities director is hoping to see many more remembrances from friends and alumni of Mitchell High.

Gross, an MHS graduate, and the Mitchell Athletic Booster Club are attempting to raise money for the upgrade of facilities at Joe Quintal Field by selling customizable bricks. Starting at $50 a brick, alumni and boosters can have a sports memory or some commemorative date engraved on a brick that will eventually be placed near the new Joe Quintal Field stadium, scheduled for completion in September.

"We've had thousands of graduates over the years and thousands of participants in our athletic and activities programs," said Gross, activities director for the Mitchell School District. "This is just an easy way for them to give back to something I know that they were very proud of when they were involved in it as a student or parent."

Anyone who donates $100 can have a conference title engraved on a brick. State titles are reserved for donations of $250 or more.

When he began the program last year, Gross was hoping to raise approximately $50,000 for the school. He said he hasn't exactly gotten the reactions he was hoping for.

"I've had many people talk to me about buying a brick, but we had very few that have actually followed through and got it done," Gross said. "I'm a little disappointed."

But Gross remains confident that word will spread and there will be plenty of personalized bricks to place on the grounds of the new stadium.

He's waiting to have at least 50 bricks before beginning to place the bricks on the grounds. "Once we get a few laid down, I think it will add to people understanding what they are," Gross said. "The new stadium will be an ideal spot for that."

Meanwhile, he's waiting for word to spread.

He's unsure of exactly how the bricks will be arranged, but Gross said he's positive about the fundraiser. He hopes it will become a longstanding tradition.

"We graduate a new class of alumni every year, we win more games, we recognize more people with all-state accomplishments," Gross said. "It may be something that we add on to for eternity."