Hillsboro High School may have closed its doors in 1970 to consolidate with Marlinton and Green Bank, but the spirit of those who attended the school remains strong in the small community. For decades, the Hillsboro Alumni Association has contributed to Hillsboro Elementary School and other organizations and one member – Ruth Taylor – is asking the alumni to step up once again, to help fund the new school pavilion.
The school has been seeking grants and donations for the pavilion, receiving a Dramas, Fairs and Festivals grant, as well as donations from the Little Levels Heritage Fair organization and individuals.
“The idea hit me, why don’t we get the alumni involved and leave a legacy,” Taylor said. “We’re not going to be around forever, and the outdoor classroom is really great because the kids get out and get fresh air, and they’re still learning. That’s one of the good things that came out of the pandemic – being outside.”
Taylor said she met with principal Becky Spencer to discuss the project and while Spencer suggested building the pavilion in stages as the funds become available, Taylor said “let’s raise the money and do it all at once.”
The school held a square dance and outdoor barbecue September 20 and raised a large chunk of the funds needed. The event was well-attended, and Taylor said it was a great example of how the community comes together for a good cause and shows its support.
“They had kids out there, teaching them how to square dance,” she said. “The playground was absolutely full of the little squirts out there just having a blast. Everybody was enjoying it. There were teachers, parents and people helping serve and everything.”
The pavilion is set to be 30 by 60 feet and will be used both by the school and the community. During school hours, it will be used for school projects and outdoor classroom activities and, in the summer, it will be a welcome addition to the Little Levels Heritage Fair celebration.
Those interested in making a donation to the pavilion project may make checks payable to Hillsboro Elementary School and send them to 7724 Seneca Trail, Hillsboro, WV, 24946.