Palmetto Senior High Gets New Weight Room

Last year, the Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA vowed to raise money and replace the school’s aged weight room. On September 22nd, after raising more than $43,000 the brand new room opened with a ribbon cutting.

“With over 1000 student athletes at the school, we know that most of them rely on the school equipment and trainers because they don’t have those resources available at home,” explains PTSA Treasurer Anna Hochkammer. “So, if possible, the health of our football players and in fact all students should be supported by our school.”

 “This is huge! To watch the alumni start to rally around this project and this school is what it’s all about. I came back a year or so ago and alumni like me are really stepping up.” remarked Palmetto Senior High’s Athletic Director Steve Batten. “This is the keystone to improving facilities and opportunities for both athletes and students. It is a step to 21st-century physical fitness and sports training.”

Varsity football right tackle Cyress Gartman added, “This is a turning point for Palmetto. It’s a change in culture so we can become better, stronger and faster. I’m excited to get in here and work.”

Donors included a generous anonymous $10,000 for an individual, $6000 from the PTSA, $6000 raised by Palmetto Bay during a Color Run, $5000 from Panter, Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., plus alumni donation spearheaded by Pinecrest Councilman Jeff Cutler, among others.