Commemorative bricks to help pay for patio

Published 8:33 am Monday, December 28, 2015

A campaign to develop a courtyard at Lunenburg County’s Central High School has begun and commemorative bricks are being sold to help fund the work.

The memorial-honorary bricks can be purchased for $50 and the order form is on the school system’s website at

The high school is undertaking an approximately $15,000 project that will see the upgrading of a patio and, proponents hope, the eventual creation of a courtyard.

School officials note the space is used and enjoyed regularly by students, staff and community members.

“As funds come in from these donations, we will be able to purchase materials and move forward with our projects,” School Superintendent Charles M. Berkley said.

“The laying of the bricks will be one of the final items to be done in this process.”

This newly renovated area will be called “The Charger Courtyard.”

The project includes purchasing shade sails for the current patio, building additional picnic tables and creating a center courtyard off of the patio.

A gazebo will be built by carpentry students and a brick walkway will be made with the engraved commemorative bricks. The landscaping will be maintained by agriculture students.

Natalie Coronas, an assistant principal at Central, is spearheading the Charger Courtyard Campaign.

In seeking approval for the project, Coronas told school board members that the project will be an aesthetic enhancement that, once completed, will tie the front and back of the building together.

The school board approved the project during its Monday, Nov. 9 meeting.

Supporters are not seeking funds from the board and will raise money from businesses and through donations and fundraisers — including the bricks.