Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) has launched an app that makes it easier for those who bought bricks in 2011-2012 to pave an area in front of the new Wellesley High School entrance to actually locate those bricks.
The Brickfinder app was built by local Web programmer George Roberts, with thanks to recent Wellesley High grad Billy Kaplan for inputting data about the hundreds of bricks over the summer (Kaplan’s mom, Linda Chow, is co-president of WEF). The app divvies the bricks into four bands and then narrows down specific inscribed bricks based on which row and column they are in.
“I photographed all the bricks with approximately 20 overlapping photos and Billy matched them up with the original brick data *and* he went the extra mile and indicated which brick was in which photo, which allowed me to do the additional feature of showing the actual photo of your brick (those photos were
originally meant for the data entry person only),” Roberts says.
The plaza includes bricks from the 2011-12 campaign, which raised $85K-plus and has been put to use for buying a piano, new dance floor and more for the school. The plaza also includes earlier commemorative bricks.