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If you walk the halls of our high school, or if you talk to an alumnus of our school for long enough, you may hear the words “We Are CHASE”….but what does that really mean?  To one who isn’t from our school, those three words may have little to no meaning.  However, to a Trojan, those words run deep.  


CHASE High opened its doors in 1960 and derived its name from the family of communities that would send their children to it.  A clever but deep rooted acronym that brought a special meaning to, “We Are CHASE”.  (Cliffside, Caroleen, Henrietta, Harris, Avondale, Shiloh, and Everyone Else)  While most schools are named after an existing town, city, community, or county; not CHASE.  Before 1960, there was no CHASE community.  Our name created the community.  This school brought unity and strength to an already determined and staunch group of smaller communities.  When we say, “We Are CHASE”, we mean it and take pride in it.


Several months ago we decided to embark on a campaign to resurface and update the field turf at Allen Stadium.  We are calling it “1000x100x2018” in hopes to have 1,000 people give $100 by June of 2018.  What was built in 1976 for high school football and has housed gridiron champions throughout the years, has now also become home to the renowned Marching Trojan Band, a championship men’s soccer program, track and field champions, CHASE Youth Football, CHASE Middle School Football, women’s soccer, and has hosted many other community events and groups over the years.  With no municipality within its district, fundraising efforts can be difficult for both students and community businesses.  The need for this project is great. 


We planned to begin a huge promotion for this during our Homecoming Week, but then CHASE was affected by something nearly 1,000 miles away.  Hurricane Harvey left devastation in its path like most have never seen.  While “We Are CHASE”…we are much more than that.  We are who we are because of those who have and continue to support us.  Our roots run deep here, but our branches reach much further.  Houston Texas has a special place in our hearts for many reasons, but a few of those are obvious.  Robert and Janice McNair have blessed our students and our community with more generosity than could ever be penned in this letter.  Mentors, scholarships, college opportunities, leadership development, and more are made possible because of their vision for student success.  Tyler White, a team member of the Houston Astros, and Carlos Watkins, a recent Houston Texans draft pick, first called themselves Trojans, and both of them continue to motivate our students to reach higher and work harder.  


So while we are excited about the possibility of raising money for a new football playing field, we have postponed that endeavor to instead raise money for Houston in honor of the McNairs and for the citizens of their great city, including Tyler White and Carlos Watkins.  Every penny we raise will be given to the Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation who will then distribute the funds through the Houston Texans relief fund with the United Way.


Our goal is to raise $2,500 by next Friday, September 22nd.  Our students will be giving donations in order to earn the opportunity to pie some of their “favorite” teachers.  Tyler White has pledged to chip in and even promised to come back and pie some of his former high school coaches if we reach our goal.  Anyone is welcome to give, especially those in the CHASE community.  Simply contact the school at 828-245-5883 if you want to make a donation and help us show what it means to say, “We Are CHASE”!


Sincerely,

Kevin Bradley - Principal





 

 

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