A volunteer group is hoping to raise between $800,000 and $1 million over the next 18 months to update the athletic facilities behind Canfield High School.

Canfield Strong, a volunteer board and non-profit, hopes to get enough funding to update the existing locker room and add a 6,200 square foot addition to it.

The proposed addition will add more space to the training area and move more lockers into the room.

According to the release, the addition is needed to accommodate the growing number of student-athletes in the district.

Studies conducted by Canfield Strong found that nearly 70% of high school students use the facility. The space is also used by programs ranging from youth wrestling to varsity football.

Canfield Strong says the project has been met with enthusiasm from the community.

They say several local contractors are making in-kind donations of their goods and services. Booster groups have also committed to monetarily supporting the project.

One potential issue facing the group is the limited government funding available to wealthy school districts.

Canfield accounting firm Bodine Perry is the first business to support the project, committing to a sizeable gift extended over five years.

Canfield Strong's campaign offers different donations including legacy donations with naming and recognition opportunities. Project coordinators say every donation to the project is appreciated.

"We're off to a great start, but there's much work yet to do" reminds Dr. Raymond Duffett, who heads the fundraising efforts. "We know generosity and Canfield pride run strong in our community – we can't wait to show just how strong we are."