NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH — North Attleborough’s World War I Memorial Park was filled with 200 members of the North Attleborough High School’s boys and girls spring track and field team on April 30.
Instead of javelins, relay batons and other track equipment, these athletes were handling rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows in a community service and fundraising project.
As most North Attleborough residents know, while budgets continue to be slashed, costs and expenditures continue to rise. The same can be said for the high school athletic teams. In just the past three years, the North Attleborough High School spring track and field team has spent over $30,000 on much-needed equipment.
This spring, coaches for the boys and girls spring track and field teams tossed a few ideas around and decided to change up their fundraising approach by incorporating one weekend day of community volunteerism, in the hopes the community would donate to the program.
The coaches felt volunteering for cleanup in the park would be a benefit to a wide range of the town’s population and would also help out the staff of the park and recreation department, who face their own budget cuts.
The team and coaches said they hope the town citizens will like their new approach to fundraising, as they expect this to become an annual event.
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