Eugene, OR, May 12, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Barbecue smoke filled the air while children shrieked, climbing on the play structures of Cottage Grove’s Bohemia Park on Saturday, May 7th during the town’s Rally for Kids.
The Rally for Kids event – which included free hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, soda and chips for any park patrons, plus beach balls, yoyos and music from a local high school band – was put on to spread the word about the Bond Measure #20-240 on the city’s upcoming election ballot.
The Measure will ensure safety and security for students in the South Lane County public schools (such as updating locks on classroom doors), provide students with equal access to updated technology, and protect the communities’ investment in school facilities.
“Extra security in schools is a good idea, I think, especially with what happened in Roseburg,” said Jenny Edmunds, whose 6-year-old son Dylan had an invitation to the Rally for the Kids event in his school folder. Edmunds is referring to the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 50 minutes South of the town.
Because many students in South Lane County live in rural areas without internet access, another large part of this bond will go towards ensuring that students without internet at home will have opportunities to access and familiarize themselves with the internet while at school.
Stephanie Coats, a real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty of Eugene and Springfield, organized Keller Williams' involvement in the event. The company donated food and prizes for the event, and several real estate brokers donated their time to help cook and serve the food to attendees. Keller Williams Realty’s involvement isn’t over yet, though, as the Rally for the Kids precedes the international real estate company’s annual “RED Day,” which, this year, is all about South Lane Schools.
“RED Day” or Renew, Energize, Donate, is Keller Williams’ Annual Day of Service, started in 2009, where in celebration of the company’s Vice Chairman (Mo Anderson’s) birthday, scores of realtors stop real estate for a day to give back to their community. RED day occurs on the second Thursday of May every year, and it is up to each individual agency to choose where to give back.
This year, Keller Williams agents from the Eugene and Springfield Market Center are serving at Bohemia Elementary School (re-painting Four Square lines, re-barking the track, cleaning gutters and more), Lincoln Middle School (painting lockers rooms and the gym), Cottage Grove High School (re-barking the track), and the tennis courts at Cottage Grove’s Coiner Park will be power-washed and re-painted as well. The company advertised to its 160+ agents that “RED Day” had Come Early This Year” and that those who wanted to give back twice, could. The actual “RED Day” for Eugene and Springfield’s Keller Williams Realty is Thursday, May 12th.
The music played loudly as kids participated in “Fishing” and bean bags games on the lawn.
12-year-old music enthusiast, Billy Herrington, was excited to have been asked to play bass with the high school band.
“Old Metallica is my favorite; it has more crunch than the new stuff,” Billy said.
Billy lives a stone’s throw from Bohemia Park and enjoys coming to the park to meet up with friends and ride bikes.
The newer play structures, large fountain, pond, sidewalks, amphitheater and 14 lush acres which makes up Bohemia Park was once a railway storage yard in the heart of the city until “Stub” Stewart, a Cottage Grove Native and one of the original founders of Bohemia Lumber Co, envisioned something greener. Stewart provided initial funding to launch the creation of the park in his will after he passed away in 2005 at the age of 93. Bohemia Park exists because community members cared to birth it into existence; school measures and Four Square Paint don’t just come about, either.
Real estate agents in “RED Day” tee shirts handed out the last of the 400+hamburgers and hot dogs. Schools board members, retired teachers, parents and members of the community sat in the sun and watched their children play.