Hayden's new sign up and running

Booster Club raises money, community awareness

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— It took two years of fund-raising for the Hayden Booster Club to raise $8,000 for a new sign that adorns the northwest corner of the high school.
To raise the money, the booster club battled sweltering heat the past two summers to sell concessions at softball games in Steamboat Springs, had a haunted house the past two falls and received numerous donations from businesses and residents.
"It has been a long project," said Kathy Reck, a member of the booster club. "We are hoping the sign promotes community interaction with activities at the high school."
The digital sign was installed earlier this month and can be seen from Jefferson Avenue.
Thesign, which is similar to what is displayed at banks, parking garages and other drive-thru businesses, can be programmed to display time, temperature and messages. The sign is programmed using a laptop computer so messages scroll, flash or fade in and out.
"Right now, it is taking us some time to get the sign programmed," Reck said. "We are finding out what works."
The booster club purchased the sign to promote activities and athletic events happening within the Hayden School District.
Scott Mader, superintendent of schools, believes the sign will be a benefit for the district.
"It is a great addition," Mader said. "It will help us advertise a lot of events that happen within the district. It is going to be quite helpful."
The Booster Club also has decided the sign can be used to promote events and activities sponsored by the town of Hayden.
The sign can also be used by non-profit organizations.
"School events have priority, then the town and then any nonprofit organization," Reck said.
For a group to get a message displayed on the sign, forms are available at the high school or the Town Hall. Forms should be submitted at least a week in advance prior to the event or meeting, Reck said.
"The sign can be programmed a year in advance," she said.
The booster club purchased the digital message board from an Oregon company, Tek Solutions.
A white and orange sign proclaiming "Tiger Territory" was custom made by Sign Source out of Craig. The sign also features two Tiger heads.
Reck is thankful to all the businesses and residents who made donations to the project, especially a $1,000 donation from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.
The purchase of the sign is the largest the booster club has made for the school.
The next project the club is planning to work is raising funds for a digital sign for inside the school, Reck said.

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