Historic school bricks to fund future projects

Written by Trish Yerges, Observer Correspondent December 10, 2012 09:58 am

Darla  VanLeuven of Imbler is taking orders for imprinted bricks from the former school building.  TRISH YERGES photo
Darla VanLeuven of Imbler is taking orders for imprinted bricks from the former school building. TRISH YERGES photo
 

Bricks from demolished Imbler Elementary School available for sale 

IMBLER — The Imbler Education Foundation is selling red bricks from the recently demolished Imbler Elementary School to help fund future school building projects. 

The historic Imbler school building was built in 1912 and was popularly known by students as “the red building.”  It was razed this past summer after the new elementary school was built.   

The red bricks that remained from its demolition were picked up by members of the Imbler Education Foundation and by alumni volunteers like Darla VanLeuven of Imbler. 

“We picked up over 500 bricks, cleaned them and put them on pallets for storage,” said VanLeuven.  “We’ll imprint them in batches as needed and the Foundation will use the proceeds for  future projects.”

The Imbler Education Foundation is currently raising funds to build a music room in closer proximity to the new elementary school.  VanLeuven said that the bricks will be used on campus in a visible spot, perhaps as planters or in a courtyard sidewalk.

“You can buy a brick and just take it home,” said VanLeuven, “or you can pay the Foundation and get your brick imprinted with whatever you want to say on it.” 

Foundation president Mike Allstott stated that the exact pricing and details for purchasing bricks will be posted early next week on the Imbler Education Foundation Facebook page and also on their website at www.imbleredfoundation.org.

The Foundation has contracted with Wayne and Laurel Olmstead of Memorial Monuments in La Grande for the brick imprinting. The first batch of imprinted bricks are already completed and available for sale. 

This initial batch of 50 bricks will be mass imprinted with the wording “Imbler School 1912-2012” and another batch with the wording “Imbler Red Building 1912-2012.”

Custom imprinting is also available and may include ideas like imprinting a family name or the names of individual students and their year of graduation. Options also include having a brick imprinted with a memorial.  

The imprinting must be no longer than three lines with 13 characters on each line including spaces. 

“The bricks make a great gift,” said VanLeuven, “and a great legacy to leave at the school with your name and graduation date or other imprint.”