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Official fundraising efforts to support the construction of a brick walkway that paves the entrance of Huyck Stadium kicked off Aug. 30. 

Proponents of the campaign to revitalize the Lompoc Valley track and field are calling on individuals, families and businesses to support the endeavor.

Donors will receive customized, personalized bricks in a commemorative walkway that leads to the stadium while increasing the entrance's visual appeal. Project organizers call it a "fun way for people to see their gift commemorated."

“We are really excited about this part of our fundraising efforts because it gives everyone — alumni, businesses, community members, families of current students — a chance to have their contributions recognized in a permanent and visible way,” said Kari Campbell-Bohard, co-chair for the Campaign for the Lompoc Community Track & Field.

"It also allows us to memorialize people with connections to the stadium. Whether you went to Cabrillo or Lompoc and set a track and field record in Huyck Stadium or you played football or marched on the field for band, the track and field is a key part of that history."

According to Campbell-Bohard, individuals and families have bought bricks as graduation gifts for their students and as anniversary, birthday and Christmas gifts for parents and siblings.

Bricks are available in four sizes: 4 inches by 8 inches, 8 inches by 8 inches, 12 inches by 12 inches and 12 inches by 24 inches. Prices range between $150 and $1,000, and include the opportunity for custom logos and between three and eight lines of text, depending on the size of the brick.

Bricks can be ordered online on the Lompoc Community Track & Field website at through Dec. 1 or during Friday night football games. Interested buyers may also call Chelsea Cochran at 805-736-4509 or email her at for more information.

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Mathew Burciaga covers education in Santa Maria and the surrounding area for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @math_burciaga