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GAF Dedicates New Viking Plaza at Geneva High School

Jun 06, 2016 09:36PM ● By Anita Malik

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, Geneva School District 304, Superintendent Dr. Kent Mutchler, Geneva High School Principal Tom Rogers, and Judy Carroll and Laura Rush of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce joined current and founding members of the Geneva Academic Foundation in dedicating a beautiful walkway/patio area now "Viking Plaza" on May 18th at Geneva High School. The walkway/patio features over 150 engraved bricks honoring Geneva District 304 current students, teachers, alumni and community members. The ceremony marks the first installation of bricks for the “Honor Bricks” campaign, an initiative to raise funds for programs that enhance the educational experience for Geneva students. 

Geneva Academic Foundation President Jeff Vekony said “We are very excited about  kicking off the new “Honor Bricks” fundraising program. Our plan is to create a long-term fund-raising method for the GAF and a way to honor Geneva students, alumni, teachers, family members and all other in the community that their families and friends would like to recognize. Not only will this be a long-term fundraiser, but the engraved bricks will be a nice way to honor these people in a permanent way for many years to come.” 

 Valley Maintenance and Landscape of Maple Park and Lawnboyz Landscaping of  St. Charles spent nearly 200 hours installing the bricks. Valley Maintenance and Landscape owner Christopher Daily a 2006 graduate of Geneva High School said that his family “would like to thank GHS and the Geneva Academic Foundation for giving us the opportunity to be part of the Honor Bricks project. It is always great to be able to give back to a community that is so close to our hearts.”  

Chad Markuson of Lawnboyz Landscaping started mowing lawns in his Geneva  neighborhood while in 4th grade and he now has a crew of 25 people. He said that “it is an honor and a privilege to give back to the school In which we grew up.”                                                    

A second installation of bricks is planned for October 2016. Bricks are available for purchase  on the GAF website at Prices per engraved brick range from $50 to $250.  

GAF is a not-for-profit 501©3 volunteer organization formed in 1987 by a group of parents to raise money to fund grants for teachers, schools, or scholastic organizations. The grants must enhance the educational experience of students  in District 304 of the Geneva Community School System. Each year, the GAF also awards two $1,000 college scholarships to Geneva High School seniors. Learn more at or on Facebook.

Lawnboyz Landscaping is a full service landscape company focusing on design and build projects.Valley Maintenance and Landscape is a family owned and operated full service landscape business.