As chairperson of the Facilities Committee for the Paonia Junior Senior High School, I want to thank Bear Ranch and Mr. Bill Koch for their help and generous donation toward securing the Great Outdoors Colorado planning grant.
Since the bond election of 2000, interested community members have been trying to find a way to improve the property surrounding our school.
We realized in 2010 that bake sales and rummage sales would not get the job done so we approached Mr. Koch through Bear Ranch to ask for help in getting our project started. Through his network, he not only led us to invaluable people to guide us, he contributed $25,000 in matching funds for our grant application. Now that the grant has been secured and the planning process begun, we know that we could not have accomplished this on our own. We are very grateful for Mr. Koch's help, and can now move forward, with the help of our community, to build something that will add to the beauty and recreational activities of our whole area.
Cindy Swartzendruber Chairperson
Paonia Junior Senior High School Facilities Committee