Miami Valley Research Park Makes Donation to Local Dayton School
Wanting to preserve a part of the area's history, the Miami Valley Research Park (MVRP) approached Belmont High School regarding the old drive-in lettering from the Belmont Auto Theatre Drive-In. The letters, having been in storage since the removal of the theatre in 1997, needed a new place to be admired and remembered. By the end of the 2012 school year, Carol Rogers, an art teacher from the high school, had accepted the donation from the Research Park and began an art project with the students.
Since then, the art program (students and faculty) has restored three letters (ART) by using mosaic tiles and broken glass from the old Belmont High School windows. Ms. Rogers has provided updates on the restoration process and was recently featured in an article when the school unveiled an art mural that mentioned the donation.
These iconic letters and current artwork are displayed throughout the school and rotate on a quarterly basis.
Recently Bruce Pearson, President / CEO of the Research Park and Ken Kraemer, Principal of Belmont High School, toured the new school, looked at the letter restoration project and discussed the accomplishments of the students and school. Mr. Kraemer pointed out that art has made a large impact on the student body and faculty. This project allows them to be a part of the school's history and vision of the future.
Mr. Kraemer also expressed the school's vision of giving back to local businesses that support the school's extra curricular activities by involving students with community service.
The Belmont Auto Theatre was a well known icon on County Line Road in Beavercreek, Ohio for more then 50 years. In the early 1980's, the Research Park purchased the site for economic development and is the current location of Woolpert, Inc.
The letter restoration project has been a massive group effort. To complete the refurbishment, the school is trying to raise $5,000 to purchase the remaining supplies for the project. If you are interested in donating to this project, please contact Carol Rogers at 937-542-6546 or 937-298-8362.