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Bricks help raise money for innovative Saratoga school programs

Want immortality? Saratoga Springs’ Foundation for Innovative Learning wants your name — but nothing
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Want immortality? Saratoga Springs’ Foundation for Innovative Learning wants your name — but nothing else.

The foundation is raising money for innovative programs at the school district by selling personalized bricks. Each brick has enough room for three lines of 10 characters each, and officials are soliciting businesses, proud parents of graduates and alumni.

At first they wanted names or “inspirational messages.” But then they decided to keep the commentary to basics like “class of” or “family.”

“We’d like to keep it to names because we don’t want to get into something that could be inappropriate,” said district spokeswoman Maura Manny.

The big fear is that they could approve something that sounds innocent and later learn it’s not, she said.

But business names are fine.

“Businesses are great,” Manny said. “Businesses are certainly welcome to put their names on it — we have had a few businesses.”

Workers will begin laying the path next month. The deadline for buying a brick this year is July 17.

The Pathway to Innovation will start at the high school entrance, left of the clock tower, next to an existing path.

They’ll lay however many bricks are purchased this year, and then stop. No filler bricks will be used, Manny said.

Then they’ll sell more bricks next year and lay them next summer.

“We envision it being very small to start,” she said. “Then it will sort of sell itself.”

There’s no limit to the path. If they get thousands of brick purchases, they’ll lay a circling path throughout the school campus.

“It really can grow a long way,” she said.

Bricks are purchased by donation, with a minimum cost of $50. The money will fund new innovative projects.

Previous projects included geocaching equipment for gym classes and an apple orchard at Geyser Elementary School. Students there will learn to grow and clone apples.

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