Farmstead youth programs still going strong
by W. Brian Hale
Mar 29, 2012 | 1824 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At the end of the 2010-11 school year, Farmstead school was closed by the Walker County Board of Education, leaving behind the once-hallowed halls empty of students, faculty and staff who once roamed there.

Though the school was shut down, Farmstead’s athletic fields are still in use by the Farmstead Athletic Association and are the scene for countless hours of T-ball, softball and baseball practices and games that take place everyday.

According to officials with the group, many area residents are not aware that the park is still in use despite the school’s closing and many young people are still enjoying spring sports at the facilities.

“We’re working very hard to keep our programs going,” said Brent Miller, coach of the Farmstead Bruisers 5-and-6 year old team and vice-president of the Farmstead Athletic Association.

“Since the school closed down, we have lost a lot of kids and the word is not out that we are still around. It’s starting to get back out there, but when Farmstead School closed, people assumed that our program was done as well. The county and the city have been really great in helping us out and letting us keep our program alive.”

Miller also stated that one aspect that has not wavered despite the school’s closing is the amount of support the park’s programs have received from the community and its participants.

“Everything we do at the park is between dedicated coaches and parents,” Miller said.

“We cut all of the grass, maintain our fields and try to keep it all as presentable as possible for our kids. We do it for our football programs too. We work hard at it, but for us it’s like a family away from our normal families.

“We have a really tight-knit program — the parents are really great in working with us and helping us out and we have the Jasper City Police who show their support by patrolling the area and making sure no one is breaking into our facilities. We all love what we have here and hope it will grow larger and be around for our children to enjoy for a long time to come.”

The baseball program currently serves three age groups: 5-6 year olds, 7-8 year olds and 11-12 year old teams.

The group also hopes that more teams will be created in the future as more children sign up to play.

The Farmstead Athletic Association will hold a $5 haircut fundraiser on Monday, April 2, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Style and Hair Salon on Highway 195. All proceeds will go to the athletic association to be used for equipment and field maintenance.

For more information concerning the fundraiser, contact Tonya or Donna at 387-0045.