Class of 1968 funds Legacy Room in a BIG Red way
The Muskegon High School Class of 1968 is putting the final touches on a unique project at the high school they love. The generous group of donors was determined to leave a legacy in a “Big Red” way through the construction of a “Legacy Room.” The room, located on the second floor of the Redmond-Potter Building, features a video wall and seating emblazoned with the Big Red “M” logo. The room will be available for use by students for virtual (online) field trips and for athletic film study.
The Legacy Room project was led by Jim DeVries, Marv Vanderweg, and Dave Young who together with their classmates donated $29,000 during a class reunion. This donation covered the entire cost of the room. The classmates managed every aspect of the project including designing the layout, purchasing materials and furnishings, painting, and donating their labor for construction. No school funds were used to pay for the project.
DeVries said, “Building the room and all of the painting was a lot of work, but we had a ton of fun! All of us have followed the Big Reds team all these years, so doing something for the team was important. Now the room can be used both during and after the school day to encourage kids to do well in academics and sports.”
Interim Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer said the district is grateful to be the recipient of such a generous gift. “The Class of 1968 has created a remarkable room unlike any other in our district. We are extremely pleased! This gift will serve current and future generations of Big Reds.”
“We are extremely proud of the support we receive throughout the Muskegon community and our desire is to make all of our alumni and supporters proud,” said Athletic Director Keith Guy. “We can’t thank the members of the Class of 1968 enough for their incredible gift!”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to thank the donors and unveil the new room to students, parents, staff, and the community and is being planned for later this summer.
“The Legacy Room is an excellent addition to our high school and will serve as a place of pride and celebration,” said Muskegon High School Principal Arthur Garner, Jr. “We are very thankful that the Class of 1968 chose to honor our students this way.”
DeVries said he hopes their efforts lead to further projects by other past classes. “I have been talking with other graduating classes and have challenged them to invest as well. These are tough financial times for our school and we need to help,” DeVries said.