The dream of owning their own auditorium is something that the faculty and staff of Muffles High School have been striving for, for many years now. But due to financial constraints, that dream, it seemed would be too difficult to grasps. But as they say, where there is a will there is a way and today the official ground breaking ceremony for the Muffles High School Auditorium took place at the school’s campus. Principal, Maria Johnson says the dream is becoming a reality thanks to the community’s response and past graduates that have taken it up to assist in raising the funds needed to get the project off the ground.
Maria Johnson- Principal, Muffles high School
“Our students sometimes we would have to walk about two blocks from here to assemble in one place when we decide to chansit sometimes with tents and so on we have rain and sometimes the sun is really hot and sometimes some of our students get dick because of heavy sun burns so those are the three most important aspects that motivated us to say you know what we need the Auditorium and plus the population is getting larger, we have increased our population by 150 students and it has been increasing and there is not place in Oranges Walk really that can accommodate us and we do have the campus, we have space the only thing that we don’t have is the money but we are going to get it with the assistance of the Orange Walk community. The building that we are going to be constructing is 10,000 square feet and it will also have a beautiful facade, unfortunately we are not going to be able to enclose it at this point in time because it will double the price but it will also have a food dispensing area, bathroom facilities and storage and a nice stage so that our students can put up the different activities that they do for example, drama fest, cultural day, to name a few, graduation ceremonies that are here in town for the benefit of our students.”
Construction is set to start by mid-February of this year and the hope is that the auditorium be completed and put to good use by the starting of the new school year. The estimated cost to complete the project is $600,000. Johnson says when completed, the facility will be rented out for public functions to subsidize expenses.
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