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Washington Man Donates Steel Athletic Facility to High School

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five people holding large donation check in front of quonset hut gym

In 1958, George D. Cooper proudly graduated from Lyle High School in Washington State. Now almost 60 years later, he’s still making an impact on the school that means so much to him. Cooper came to SteelMaster with a big idea and an even bigger heart—he wanted to construct a special steel athletic facility for his alma mater.

The school needed a weight room and training facility, so Cooper jumped in to help. He purchased an X Model 30w x 14h x 50l in the Summer of 2016. He says the project was delayed for a few months due to weather conditions, so the building process started in September.

Not only was this quite a generous gift to the high school, it also served as an opportunity for the students there to be a part of the building process.

“The kids love to pitch in and help,” says Cooper, who is quite a fan favorite of the school.

The entire Lyle School District recently recognized Co

oper as a 2017 WASA Community Leadership Award recipient.

Cooper’s generosity did not stop after he purchased the building. Not only did he donate the facility, but he is also donating much of his time to put it all together while also working as a team with a student crew.

Last year, Cooper and the students received an added bonus. The Northwest Farm Credit Services in the area donated $1,000.00 to the project.

Just a few more finishing touches are needed before the building is ready to be used. Cooper says they are currently working on running electricity through the building, and the insulation will be the last step.

Within the next few weeks, Cooper says he and the students will be moving the equipment into the building.

The Quonset HutTM athletic facility will be open for business hopefully by the fall.