BLACKFOOT — A rearing bronco mascot statue that stands ten-feet-tall was unveiled at Blackfoot High School at noon on Thursday.
The school sprit motivator was donated to the school by locals and members of the Blackfoot Rotary Club.
"Our goal is to make our world and our nation and our community better places," said David Cannon, the 2013-14 club president. "This year's service project will rally school spirit, as well as a sense of unity among the community."
The Rotary Club voted in July to move forward with the bronco statue project as a top priority.
Since then, the group wrangled up donations from the business community to help fund the project.
"The best part of this experience has been to rub shoulders with lots and lots of people and businesses, here locally, with those who enthusiastically gave in order to make this project happen," Cannon said.
Donors were placed in three different categories based on how much they contributed.
Those who contributed the most at the gold level include: Wal-Mart, Dennis S. Hatch, DDS, Bingham Memorial Hospital, Basic American Foods, Idaho Central Credit Union, Despain Construction, Cannon Law and On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration. Silver donors included: Rupe's, ISU Credit Union, Dennis N. Marshall, OD and Zions Bank. Bronze were Blacker's, Melina's, The Bank of Commerce, VanOrden, Lund & Cannon, Edward Jones, Harper-Leavitt, ALSCO and Barnes Physical Therapy.
"The excitement of the community and the willingness on the part of so many to contribute financially to make this project happen has been awesome," Cannon said.
The bronco statue stands on a newly-poured concrete pad and is flanked by three travertine slabs on either side. One stands six-feet-tall, another five-feet-tall and the last at four-feet-tall. The travertine slabs are meant to recognize the contributors as their names are listed.
The statue was unveiled in a festive noon-time school assembly Thursday, complete with music from the BHS band and hot dogs provided by Blackfoot High School.
"It was great to work with Principal John Pearce and Vice-Principal Lori Kay and the other high school personnel that made this project and the unveiling party possible," Cannon said. "As a service club, we are thrilled be able to give something of beauty to the school. We hope that this great bronco statue will be a source of school pride and school spirit that will continue to unify everyone in the community.”