Sequoit Pride, ACHS Booster Club

Booster Club Brings School Pride to Antioch Water Tower

ANTIOCH, IL — Driving eastbound on Route 173 in Antioch, you can't help but notice a new addition to the water tower. "Home of the Sequoits" and the high school logo have been added to the tower facing the school and athletic fields.

No tax dollars were used. Instead, the Antioch high school booster club, Sequoit Pride, rallied the community to donate funds to bring school spirit and civic pride to the tower. Generous individuals and businesses chipped in around $4,000 but many more thousands were needed to achieve the goal.

"Mark Scarpelli, the owner of Raymond Chevy and Raymond Kia in Antioch, stepped up in a big way" said Sequoit Pride's president, Jim Connelly. "His business made the single largest donation in Sequoit Pride's history. Raymond Auto Group committed to a $50,000 donation over the next ten years and immediately presented us with $12,500." Mr. Scarpelli is an ACHS alumnus.

That donation gave Sequoit Pride enough money to paint the tower in time for the high school's fall opening of its new football field. A grass football field and track were replaced over the summer with a multipurpose turf field and larger track. The new field will allow more teams and PE classes to use the facility.

The remainder of Raymond Auto Group's donation will help Sequoit Pride continue its mission of providing opportunities to ACHS students that would otherwise go unfunded. Rather than being tied to a single team or department, the booster club serves the entire school from academics and athletics to arts and activities.

When the water tower is repainted in the future, the village of Antioch has agreed to integrate and maintain the new ACHS artwork in future designs.

"This project was 100% parent-driven," said Mr. Connelly. "A parent, Bart Winkler, had the idea of painting the water tower. Then, parents volunteered to research prices, get permission from the village, solicit donations, work with the school district, and coordinate the job with the village and local businesses. It is amazing what people in this village are capable of when they commit to making our town a better place."