Family’s donation covers Indian River High School’s new back entrance sign

DAGSBORO – From now on, it will be difficult to miss the back entrance to Indian River High School.

A new sign is in place along Main Street: a 5-foot by 8-foot beacon in Indian River green and gold with the school’s Indian logo.

A new sign is in place at the back entrance to Indian River High School.

The cost of the sign – $3,112.59 – has been covered entirely by a generous donation from family of the late Valerie Brewington Rogers, a 1978 Indian River High School graduate.

This sign project was undertaken by the Indian River High School Alumni Association, which spearheaded the effort that resulted in the digital signage/message board at the high school’s front entrance on Armory Road. That sign was dedicated in October of 2014.

Dedication of the back-entrance sign is on hold as the alumni association awaits replacement of fencing along the back-entrance roadway by the school district.  “We don’t have any date yet,” said IRHSAA past president Ruth Ann Marvel, the alumni association’s public relations spokesperson.

Landscaping around the sign is being donated by 1976 IRHS graduate Calvin Walters of Calvin Walters Landscaping/Aquatic Design. He also donated landscaping design and labor for the front-entrance sign.

The sign, purchased from Phillips Signs Inc., of Seaford, rests on posts anchored in cement.

Donations from the family of the late Valerie (Brewington) Rogers to the Indian River High School Alumni Association covered the entire cost of the new sign.

The IRHSAA extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the family of Valerie Brewington Rogers for their donation.

“We intended as an organization to pay for it first. They (the family) had donated money to our organization. We did suggest, ‘Can we use your money towards this?’ and they said ‘Sure,’” said Ms. Marvel. “First, they had given us a check for half of it. Then they came back and said they wanted to donate all of it. They ended up actually paying for the entire sign!”

The alumni association also wishes to recognize the Parsons family, which owns property next to sign, for their cooperation with the sign placement.

Ms. Marvel, a 1978 Indian River High School graduate, remembers classmate Valerie (Brewington) Rogers as a class officer, very active in school functions and a well-liked girl.

“Valerie was our Homecoming Queen,” said Ms. Marvel.

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