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Garmemt district

Bill Werner, a real estate agent in south-central Colorado, scored points with the local high school football team and junior high baseball team earlier this month when he sold land in an online auction and used the proceeds to buy new uniforms for the two teams.

"Sports are important," said Mr. Werner, a parent of four children who attend the 380-student Sanford School, a public pre-K-12 school in Sanford, Colo. But tax dollars are allocated carefully in the small farming community, and uniforms are not a priority.

Using the $6,000 he netted from the sale of three plots of land in nearby Alamosa on eBay, the Internet auction site, Mr. Werner contributed a portion of the money needed to buy new uniforms for the high school football team, with the district providing the rest. He also purchased all the matching pants and shirts need by the junior high school baseball team. Any money left over also will be donated to the sports programs, he said.

The baseball team, on which one of Mr. Werner's sons plays, is a new addition to the town's athletic repertoire—spring 2000 is only its second season. Mr. Werner proudly pointed out that when the members of the baseball team wore their new attire for the first time last week, they won the season opener.

Mike Creel, the principal at Sanford, said the small school can't regularly afford to buy new team uniforms, which cost approximately $6,000 per team.

And after six seasons running, tackling, and blocking in the same garb, the football uniforms' number was up.

Generally, Mr. Creel said, the roughly 30 members on the football team help raise money for uniforms. But this year they were spared that chore, thanks to the donation.

Mr. Werner said he hoped his gift would encourage more people in the town to make donations to the school. That would be fine with the school.

"We're a small district, and any help we can get is greatly appreciated," Mr. Creel said.

—Michelle Galley

Vol. 19, Issue 33, Page 3

Published in Print: April 26, 2000, as Take Note

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