COVINGTON - Newton County athletes soon can be a permanent part of Homer Sharp Stadium history.
Beginning tonight during the first home game of the fall football season, when the Alcovy Tigers take on the Newton Rams, residents can purchase brick pavers that eventually will be placed on interior landscaping at the stadium.
For a $30 gift to the Newton County Foundation for Educational Excellence, residents will be able to engrave a message on a brick paver. The pavers will be located on a raised concrete area inside of the stadium.
On the 4-inch by 8-inch pavers, purchasers can commemorate or pay tribute to a favorite former or current high school athlete, student or educator or honor a special relative, friend, business or organization, according to a press release from the Newton County School System.
The pavers, which are tax deductible, may hold up to three lines of text with 14 characters per line. All text will be standard size, font and style and centered on the brick in all uppercase letters. Greek letters or other symbols that are not on a standard keyboard are not available.
NCSS has the right to approve all text prior to production, according to the press release.
The sale of the pavers will continue throughout the high school football season. They may be paid for with cash, check or money order at any Alcovy, Eastside or Newton home football game at Sharp Stadium.
Residents also can purchase pavers during the new field house's open house, which is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the stadium.
They also may download an order form on the NCSS Web site, www.newtoncountyschools.org, and mail it to Newton County School System, Homer Sharp Stadium Brick Program, Attention: Peggy Bullard, Business Manager, P.O. Box 1469, Covington, GA 30015. Cash will not be accepted with mail-in orders.
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