The April 20 sale will benefit Gladstone High School football and physical education classes

by: JOHN DENNY - Gladstone football players (left) Austin Galvin and Eli Hubbard were busy last Friday, pumping up and checking the condition of rafts scheduled for sale at Gladstone High School on Saturday, April 20.Gladstone High School has scheduled a large sale of outdoor recreational equipment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in the lower gymnasium at the high school.

The equipment was used as part of an outdoor recreational class that is no longer offered by the school. Proceeds will benefit the football program and physical education classes at the high school.

The sale includes equipment valued at close to $10,000, including four pontoon/speed boats with 8×12-foot frames, three 12×18-foot paddle rafts, one 15-foot Catamaran with frames and oars, nine multiple person tents, 45 America’s cup adult life vests, dozens of paddles and oars, four wooden foot lockers, 16 throw bags, a cast-iron double burner cooking range, a tailgate-size Weber gas grill, assorted dry bags, coolers and 5-gallon water containers, a portable toilet, propane tanks, raft repair kits, and more.

“Up until six or seven years ago Gladstone offered an outdoor recreational class in the spring,” said Gladstone athletic director Jere Applebee. “All of the reductions and budget cuts have pretty much put a stop to the class.... Over time, much of the equipment will deteriorate and become worthless, so we figured we might as well get something out of it, before that happens.”

Applebee said that in addition to providing funds for football and physical education classes, the sale will free up needed storage space.

Applebee noted that there has been very little replacement of physical education equipment in recent years and the football program will be hit with a big bill for next season when they replace all of their uniforms.

Applebee noted that the style of football uniform worn by Gladstone football players since 1997 is no longer being offered, which means that the entire inventory of football uniforms is being replaced.

“We can’t order five or six [uniform] replacements a year like we’ve been doing,” Applebee. “We’re going to have to replace them all, which is about a $17,000 expense.”

Applebee said of the huge sale of outdoor equipment, “There are going to be some great deals and it’s going to be a win-win for everyone.”

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