Work Begins on Hampstead Middle School Pavilion

HAMPSTEAD – Ground was broken last week for the Hampstead Middle School Pavilion.
The project started toward the end of the summer of 2012, when the Hampstead Parent, Teacher and Student Association (PTSA) presented a proposal to build a 20-foot by 30-foot pavilion next to the parking lot and soccer field at the middle school. The estimated cost was $15,000. Part of the plan was for the PTSA to hold fundraisers and to seek donations to fund the project.

Angie Gorham, who has been spearheading the project, said she had a quote from her brother, a builder, who had agreed to give her the plans for the pavilion. His estimate of $15,000 did not include any volunteer help or donations of materials.
The ground breaking and concrete work is being done by Ronnie Mills of Hampstead, the construction by Ripaldi Construction of Hudson, the roof by Letoile Roofing of Hampstead, and installation of a brick walkway by Auger Property Management. Gorham said the brick walkway may have to wait for spring.
The purpose of the pavilion is to provide students and groups with shade and cover for recess, car pick-up and school events, as well as for outdoor lunches. It would also serve as an outdoor classroom.
Gorham said the slab will be poured this week.
“We think the construction should be done within the next two weeks,” she said. “I am planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony once it is complete. I want to have the kids there for that ceremony.”
The PTSA student members are continuing to sponsor a brick campaign to raise funds for the project. The bricks will be used for the walkway leading to the pavilion.
Gorham said bricks are still available and can be purchased for individuals or a family, with a 4×8 brick costing $50 and an 8×8 brick costing $75. Larger bricks are available for businesses and groups.
Order forms are available by contacting Gorham at HYPERLINK “mailto:ripgorham@comast.net” ripgorham@comast.net.

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