Letter to the Editor
The students, staff and administration of Eudora High would like to thank the community for its help preparing for the state Class 4A playoff football game last Saturday night.
We use the term community often but without a true understanding of its meaning. We witnessed the epitome of community last week. The city employees, businesses, school district employees, booster club, parents and students worked together to host a first-class event. The community should be proud of portraying such a positive image of Eudora.
Initially, we thought we would have to host our home playoff game in Lawrence, but athletic director Larry McPherson was able to convince the state to allow us to host it in Eudora. Immediately after we received the news that we were hosting, we began receiving telephone calls from people who were willing to help. We would like to thank those most responsible for helping to make it possible for us to host this event. Inevitably, we will forget someone, but we will do our best to list those most responsible.
We would like to thank Bill Harlow and his city crew who helped us move bleachers and allowed us to use their portable restrooms. When we asked for help, the city employees made this event and our students a priority. One does not find many communities in which the schools and municipal system work well together. We appreciate Mr. Harlows cooperation.
Julie Woodward, the Booster Club, and parents accepted the gigantic job of handling concessions. As a result, many of these people were unable to watch the game, but were able to raise money that will benefit all of our students.
In spite of a need for additional bleachers, locker rooms, concession facilities and restrooms, Laws Sports Complex was a Eudora fans paradise thanks to Eric Smith, Matt Daigh, Larry McPherson, Mike Jerome and Corey Smith. These men spent countless hours on preparation to ensure that the facility and administration of the game were flawless. In addition, Tracy Bowling, Dave Durkin, Holly Kracl, LaDene Black and Mindy Salmans painted the spectacular Cardinal on midfield. Bruce Kracl served as the technician for the sound system as he did all year.
The Eudora Police Department helped with crowd control and parking. Chief Long and his officers have always been active in helping to promote positive activities for the youth of Eudora. Their proactive, rather than reactive, attitude toward our youth pays huge dividends for our community.
During preparations for the game, Chief Long contacted C&S Market in regard to the use of their parking lot. C&S officials responded by stating that when the parking lot was full, they would close the store. Jim Hoover also volunteered the use of his empty lot north of Nottingham Elementary School.
Finally, we would like to thank the coaching staff, players, fans, cheerleaders and band who made it possible for us to enjoy Eudora at its best. It now becomes easier for a foreigner (Nebraskan) such as myself to understand what Dorothy meant when she said, Theres no place like home.
Eudora High School