The small town spirit is strong with Delia. The Delia School Enhancement Society (DSES) is just on the cusp of reaching their fundraising goal of $1.2 million.
Delia, which boasts 216 residents, has raised the money for a new school that will also include a 9,000 square foot Community Hub. The project will also expand the gymnasium, and create a 1,050 square foot multi-purpose room that can be used for yoga, guitar lessons and much more.
"The last couple of months just continue to be incredible for the DSES. We are slowly reaching our goal of 1.2 million, and when I say slowly, I am super grateful to our community because it has only been 9 months since we started fundraising. We are well on our way at just over $1.1 million, so we are almost to our goal," explained President of Fundraising for DSES, Amber Marshall.
The majority of funds were donated by local families, ranchers, farming families and local organizations, all of whom will end up benefiting from the space once it is built.
"It really does speak to the community and the surrounding area and the importance of not only building the school but contributing to the community hub. We just keep repeating over and over again, that the school is the community and the community is the school and our community really, truly believes in that," continued Marshall.
Delia residents won't be the only ones to enjoy the new infrastructure. Surrounding rural communities will benefit from participating in activities with a shorter driving distance. The rural farming community made themselves known by helping raise a Black Angus calf by donating the feed and shelter to the animal. This fundraisers purpose was to allow individuals to donate something other than money to the cause. The calf will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go towards DSES.
Even though the fundraising goal has almost been met, there is no slowing down the society.
"Essentially, once we hit that mark, we still have all the components that will go into outfitting those community spaces. We will start focusing on green spaces outside, putting things like bleachers and the programming materials we need into the Community Hub. Although we will hopefully meet that goal within the next month or two, we are going to keep going," concluded Marshall.