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Invista funds Victoria Fine Arts Center sign

Dec. 19, 2011 at 6:19 a.m.

Bob Moore, superintendent of Victoria schools and Steve Harvill, Invista Victoria Site manager, stand near a LED sign Invista funded with a $20,000 donation.

Invista has donated $20,000 to the Victoria school district to update the Special Events Center Complex marquee.

The sign marks the Victoria Fine Arts Center and Victoria Aquatics Center.

The donation covered the cost for the large LED sign capable of sending continuously updated messages to visitors and motorists on Sam Houston Drive near the intersection of Ben Wilson Street. The LED portion of the sign is about 4 feet tall by 8 feet wide and offers four lines of messaging.

The sign features large brick columns and measures 23 feet tall. The monument-style sign marks the future driveway path to the Victoria Fine Arts Center and Victoria Aquatics Center.

Construction of the new driveway coincides with the major reconstruction project now progressing along Sam Houston Drive. The project will create a driveway that aligns to a traffic light, easing traffic flow during major events.

"We are very grateful to Invista for this generous donation," said Superintendent of Schools Bob Moore. "Signage was in the works for the Fine Arts Center and Aquatics Center, but the LED message sign adds a special touch to the location. Invista has proven itself again as a valued corporate partner for VISD."

The VISD Special Events Center Complex includes soccer fields, Memorial Stadium, a baseball field, track, competition gyms, tennis courts, The Victoria Fine Arts Center, the Aquatic Center, the VISD Conference Center, and a Fine Arts Annex. The site is also the home of Liberty Academy with the Early College Program and the Victoria Area Center for Advanced Learning.

"Investments in education come in all forms," said Steve Harvill, Invista Victoria site manager. "We are very pleased to continue our support of VISD through the new marquee sign that will, we are hopeful, add to the excitement and usage of the new Fine Arts Center and Aquatics Center."

Invista, which operates a large nylon intermediates manufacturing complex in Victoria County, also partners with VISD for the Wetland Environmental Science Education Encounter conducted at the Invista 55-acre wetland. The Wetland provides valuable hands-on learning experiences for students from across the region in environmental, chemistry, biology, and habitat education.

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