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December 16th, 2010
Texas Pioneer Foundation grant to help repair barn at SMA

120610barnsmaFred Markham, president of the Texas Pioneer Foundation (right), visits with 4-H/Equestrian Director Tricia Raimondi,  and some San Marcos Academy students at the school’s barn and riding facility. The group includes Andy Sharp, Jackie Oglesby, Megan Pizana, Rusti Wade, Dalton Wade, Annie Reese and Chris Germer. Photo by Don Anders.


San Marcos Academy (SMA) will be able to make much needed repairs to the venerable 80-year-old barn on campus, thanks to a grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation.

The barn was used by the previous owners of the land on which the SMA campus sits and has been in need of a new roof and other structural repairs.

“Our barn is the headquarters for our 4-H Club members and their animal projects, as well as for our equestrian program and mounted color guard,” SMA President John Garrison said. “Thanks to the generous gift of the Texas Pioneer Foundation, we will be able to move forward this semester with plans to replace the roof and make other needed upgrades to this facility.”

The Texas Pioneer Foundation also has assisted SMA and its leadership excellence program with two other gifts during the past three years. The funds provided benefited the LTC James D. Rogers Challenge Course, the mounted color guard, and Boy Scout Troop 1907.

Based in San Marcos, the Texas Pioneer Foundation focuses on supporting educational programs that will make a difference for Texas students. Grants are considered by invitation only.

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