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Reed enters contest, hopes to refurbish locker rooms
by Dan Eckles
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Tribune photo by Dan Eckles - Reed High athletic administrator Kevin Taylor pointed out lockers that don't have doors, others with grossly chipped paint as well as some with broken locks during a walk-through of the Raiders' boys locker room Friday afternoon.
Tribune photo by Dan Eckles - Reed High athletic administrator Kevin Taylor pointed out lockers that don't have doors, others with grossly chipped paint as well as some with broken locks during a walk-through of the Raiders' boys locker room Friday afternoon.
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Reed Athletic Administrator Kevin Taylor does not like what he sees when he has to walk through the locker rooms on the campus of his east Sparks high school. Because of that, Reed's second-year assistant principal is trying to do something about it.

The Dolan Automotive Group is once again sponsoring its $30,000 School Upgrade Project. The project awards $10,000 each to one elementary, middle and high school in the region. School leaders submit proposals on needed facility upgrades at their schools and later this month Dolan officials will announce the winners.

Taylor heard of the contest and quickly wrote up a proposal, explaining Reed's dire need of improved locker room facilities.

"Reed will uses these funds to return our girls and boys locker rooms back to a respectable condition," Taylor said in his proposal. "We are extremely proud of our athletes and their accomplishments on fields and courts as well as in the classroom. When they come off the field or court, we want our athletic facilities to reflect that pride."  

Reed's proposal won't be a shoe-in to win. It's likely Reed will have plenty of competition. Proposals will be submitted from schools across the area. Schools in Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey and Washoe counties have been invited to participate in the contest.

"We're ecstatic that we are able to hold this contest for a second year, especially when schools continue to struggle with funding issues," said Ryan Dolan, CEO of the Dolan Automotive Group. "Education is very important to us as a company, and as a family, and we look forward to being able to benefit thousands of students again this year.

"We are very excited to see the submissions that come in this year. There was great variety last year and I encourage principals to be creative again this year. Whether your school needs repairs, new software, library books or funds for art and music programs, we hope to see lots of entries again this year, along with support from students and the community."

Reed's proposal has been submitted, but now comes the hard part. The contest winner will be chose by fans on the Dolan Automotive group's Facebook page. Fans of school projects can go and vote on the Face book page once a day through March 22.

"In order to win, we must encourage everyone we know to vote daily on the Dolan Automotive Group's Facebook page," Taylor pleaded.

"We need to replace some things. This would be absolutely huge. Just look at the impact we've made in the last two years, improving our softball field, baseball field, tennis courts ... Now we're trying to improve some stuff inside. We've got lockers, probably 15 percent of which need to be replaced. It's not just our athletes that use those, but our P.E. students as well. That's part of our overall curriculum."  

Taylor would be ecstatic to see Reed's proposal win the contest, but added that in the big picture it's nice to see the business community giving back.

"Whether our proposal wins or not, I'm impressed with the Dolan Automotive Group's generosity to schools in northern Nevada," Taylor said. "I'd love to invite the group over to our first Friday night home football game this fall, on us. We'll cover their gate as a thank you for what they're doing."
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