CASCADE — Cascade High School hasn’t been able to host track meets for many years since its facilities previously fell short of Montana High School Association standards. But now the community is giving the complex a face-lift.
The project was organized by Northwestern Energy Hydro Superintendent Jeremy Butcher through the use of the company’s Community Involvement Program. The program matches employee volunteer hours with donations, and Butcher said the expenses are around $14,000.
“Once we started communicating it to the community, working with the school, we quickly found that the community was very excited,” Butcher said. “And they had a lot of equipment and a lot of talents, and I think that’s on display today.”
About 200 volunteers showed up on Saturday. Just a few aspects include a new track, new high jump area, a new pit for shot put, and a proper crown and new sod on the football field.
“It means a lot as far as how things look. The pride, the conditioning of athletes to facilities that are actually square and flat,” Butcher. “It means a lot when you go to a big track meet. Practice like you play.”