Engraved brick pavers are planned for the new monument that was installed this summer near the home side ticket booth entrance at Sharp Stadium. Residents can still purchase brick pavers that will go into the monument.
COVINGTON — Newton County athletes — and others — still have an opportunity to be a permanent part of Homer Sharp Stadium history.
Anyone can purchase brick pavers that eventually will be placed on an interior monument at the stadium.
For a $30 gift to the Newton County Foundation for Educational Excellence, residents can have a message engraved on a brick paver. The pavers will be located on a raised concrete area inside the stadium.
On the 4-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 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 and other symbols that are not on a standard keyboard are not available.
NCSS has the right to approve all text prior to production.
This week, workers are planning to have the brick monument installed by Friday night's Alcovy vs. Eastside varsity football game at the stadium and will complete it with blank pavers.
"Based on the number of spaces remaining, we will continue to sell pavers during the football season," said NCSS Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter. "Based on our estimates, we are guessing that there will be somewhere between 80 and 100 paver spaces remaining after the already purchased pavers are installed."
An order form is available for download on the NCSS website, www.newtoncountyschools.org, and can be mailed with a check or money order made payable to Newton County School System to Newton County School System, Homer Sharp Stadium Brick Program, Attention: Peggy Bullard, Business Manager, P.O. Box 1469, Covington, GA 30015. Cash should not be mailed.
More information also is available by calling NCSS at 770-787-1330 ext. 1115.