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A sign of the times: New digital marquee lights up Colusa High
Thanks to an effort led by Frank Davison and donations from the community, Colusa High School has upgraded its school marquee to a state-of-the-art LED display.
Fifteen local businesses and organizations donated a total of $17,000 to make the marquee happen.
"This gives us a way, as parents pick up their kids, they can see what's going on at the school," said Colusa High School Principal Darren Brown. "For example, right now it's homecoming, and we have all the different events and themes for this week on display."
The marquee was originally slated to be installed by the beginning of the school year, but technical difficulties forced the school to put the display up a little behind schedule.
"There were more little projects with this than we anticipated, but we got it together and now we have a marquee," Brown said.
The quest for the display began at the end of the 2012-13 school year, when Davison approached Brown and offered to take the lead in securing funding for the display.
"Frank approached me and said, 'Let me take care of this.' He took it upon himself and got 17 local merchants to contribute to getting it in there," said Brown.
Davison is quick to deflect praise regar ing his role in the process.
"I'm just a go-fer, to tell the truth. Lisa Bailey was really the one who got this going, with the Colusa Beautification Project. This is an extension of that. She has done all of the new landscaping that you see around the school," Davison said.
"Last year, she expressed the interest of getting contemporary signage, and I thought, 'Hey, I know a little something about this.'"
Davison, a Rotary member, had previously watched the interim principal at Williams High School approach the community for $1,000 donations for a marquee at her school. In exchange, those making donations received permanent recognition on a plaque. Using the same strategy, Davison approached local merchants and received the financial support he needed.
"I just want to thank the local merchants for forever contributing, above and beyond," Davison said, "On a 28-inch by 36-inch plaque, 15 local merchants will be commemorated who contributed $17,000 dollars."
Those 15 merchants and organizations are CRAF, Les Schwab Tire Center, Hoblit Motors, Superior Tire Service, Reading Oil, North Valley Family Physicians, Colusa Regional Medical Center, Davies Brothers, TriCounties Bank, George L. Messick, Fouch & Son Pharmacy, Lions Club of Colusa, Colusa Industrial Properties, Kittle's Outdoor & Sport Co., Colusa Rotary Club, and Davison Drug & Stationery.
The commemorative plaque will soon be on display on the same wall that bears the marquee, placed just to the right of it.
Meanwhile, those in charge of the display at Colusa High School are in the process of learning how to take advantage of its many features.
"We can actually put up pictures and video," said Brown, "The marquee is a little more complex, so we need to figure out how to do that … We're planning on getting pictures of the homecoming court and events up there."
Brown was also thankful for the work of Lisa Bailey, and for the all the parents that contribute to the betterment of the school and campus.
"She did (contribute to the landscaping in front of the school), and continues to do so. I try to tell her not to spend all of her free time on the weekends over here, but she kind of sneaks over when no one is looking and does the work … I see new flowers planted, and I think, this has Lisa written all over it."
"That's the good thing about these parents. There's no agenda, they just want the place to look great."