Community group seeks donations to keep Hazen, Lindbergh pools open

December 1, 2011

The organization known as Renton Pools Community has again begun work to raise funds to keep Renton School District swimming pools open for another school year.

In June, the group exceeded their fundraising goal to keep the pools at Hazen and Lindbergh high schools open for this school year.

High school swimmers prepare for a meet at the Hazen High School pool. Contributed

And while the additional funds raised have been carried over for next year’s pool operations, now the organization will begin work to raise the remaining $40,000 to reach the $60,000 goal to keep the pools open for the 2012-13 school year.

Because of continued state budget cuts to education, it is increasingly difficult for the district to continue to fund two pools while making cuts to programs, according to the Renton School District.

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Civic theater performance to benefit Hazen pool upkeep

October 19, 2011

 NEW — 2:45 p.m., Oct. 19, 2011

A special Renton Civic Theater preview performance of “The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful” on Oct. 20 will benefit the “Save Renton Pools” fund.

The fund benefits the upkeep of Hazen High School’s pool, which escaped closure for the 2011-2012 school year.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

The save the pools campaign came in the wake of school officials finding themselves without $60,000 needed to operate the pools at Hazen and Lindbergh high schools for the year.

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