Volunteers pave Chugiak school yard

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 22:38
From the Knik Arm Courier, Sept. 1962. Edited by the Memory Retrievers

A plan to pave a game court at the original Chugiak Elementary School took most of the community by surprise last week because of the rapidity with which it was carried out. 

The idea originated in the mind of Dick Kerbow, physical education teacher at the school, when he learned that the children were forced to play in a gravel yard that consisted mostly of fairly good-sized rocks. 

Within days, the Chugiak PTA met in an emergency session and voted to spend $350 toward the project. The state Department of Education contributed $650 toward the project and local businessmen, parents and teachers provided the equipment and labor. 

Operation “Big Pour” took place over the weekend, and the children returned to school on Monday to find the 75-by-45-foot slab roped off and curing. When the slab is fully cured, it will be painted with game courts for basketball, four-square and hop scotch. Members of the faculty have volunteered to do this painting when the time comes. 

Principal Bill Benyish estimated that by having labor donated and cement supplied at cost, the project was completed at one third to one half what it would have cost to have had it contracted. The cost for the entire project was around $1,000.

Editor’s note: The surface is still in use more than 50 years later. 


This column is provided by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. Email them at [email protected]


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