Elizabethton High School soccer players were elated Tuesday to tour their new locker room, which was the result of a student-led Community Improvement Class project. After several months of planning, fundraising, and working in the building, they cut the ribbon and opened the new facility.
Evan Carter, Kaylen Shell, Nico Ashley, Jaxton Holly, and Maggie Johnson are the students responsible for the project. Their sponsors are the LaPorte family, Big John’s Closeouts, Lowe’s of Elizabethton, Volunteer Flooring, Aaron’s of Elizabethton, and anonymous sponsors. Labor was completed by the Elizabethton City Schools maintenance team and students.
The locker room features 26 lockers, custom seating, a new roof, cleat-proof flooring, heating and cooling, white board, and remodeled bathrooms. As an added bonus, it has a space to relax complete with a couch, PlayStation, and television.
After touring the completed facility, students say the locker room far exceeds their initial expectations.
“It’s probably the nicest one around here,” said Shell. “We’re definitely proud of it and want to thank everybody who was there for us and helped us accomplished this. It wasn’t just one person – we had a lot of people backing us up.”
Students said completing a project on this scale was a great learning experience. When they began, they had a goal in mind and not much related experience to fall back on. “We spent a while deciding if we could even do this,” said Shell.
Once they received approval from school leadership and secured sponsors, their dream began to materialize. The project required professional communication, meetings, designs, manual labor, community support, and a vision for improving the school. Ashley said, “It also allowed us to meet lots of people in the community.”
The highlight for the Community Improvement students was showcasing the space to the soccer teams. Prior to this, they didn’t have their own locker rooms. Now they have one of the best ones in the region.