The Jacobs family donated thousands of dollars of exercise equipment to Clover Park and Lakes High Schools. Carole (left center) and Michael (right center) visited Clover Park High School and were thanked by athletic director Scott Nordi and grateful students.
Clover Park School District’s high schools recently received a large donation of weight and exercise equipment from longtime school board member Carole Jacobs and her family.
“I think it’s very important to give back to your community,” said Carole. “I want people to know that it’s not hard to make a positive difference in your local schools, it just takes caring and dedication.”
Michael Jacobs, a 2003 Clover Park High School graduate, and his dad Ted, found the items on eBay and decided to make a bid. The equipment was being auctioned off by a Seattle health club that was going out of business and having its building demolished.
Although their initial bid was not the highest, the Jacobs’ ended up with the equipment, with an estimated value between $16,000 and $25,000, after the highest bidder could not pick-up it up within the allotted 24-hour time frame. Luckily, the Jacobs’ had a connection to a local semi-truck company, which they used to haul everything down to Lakewood.
“We drove up to Seattle around 4 p.m. and didn’t get home until nearly 2 a.m. We ended up having to store everything on our lawn until it could be taken to the schools the next day,” said Michael. “It’s really great to see the students using the equipment and to know it’s here because of us.”
All of Carole’s children graduated from Clover Park School District schools-Kristin and Kathryn graduated from Lakes High School in 1999 and 2001 respectively.
The equipment was divided up amongst Clover Park and Lakes High Schools and was selected by each school’s athletic directors.