THRASHER, Miss. (WTVA) - Close to 20 acres of land near Thrasher School are getting drainage and other improvements made to it after the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission awarded a $100,000 grant to Thrasher School.
Project coordinator Eugene Gifford of Thrasher said, "The project will be situated on an 18 and a half acre tract and $100,000 will come in from the Mississippi Soil Conservation Commissioners."
That group will monitor soil and water conservation, while local leaders and others say they have big ideas for the property itself.
Perry Walden of Thrasher said, "The number one priority is a pre-kindergarten building. We'll probably put a barn and fencing in with livestock for FFA or 4-H. Eventually, we'll have a softball field for the girls in the lower corner."
Also planned is a community walking track.
The school actually purchased the property several years ago from a local resident.
Already, a donation of light poles has been made from TVA for the softball field and some bulldozer work has been done.
The grant will not cover all costs but leaders say it takes care of a large portion.
They'll look to other grants and community donations as the projects go along.
Thrasher Principal Rivers Stroup said, "This connects to our property and will open up our campus for expansion. We already have a great facility but it's going to be even better with this property."
Thrasher currently has around 400 students in K-12 and they hope the future improvements will only help their numbers grow.