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LCHS band moves closer to $45K goal for new uniforms

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Lincoln County High School band section leaders pause for a photo with the group’s fundraising thermometer, celebrating recent contributions to the campaign to secure funding for new uniforms. Band members will be visiting local businesses on Friday of this week, spreading the word about the need for new uniforms to replace those used for the past two decades.

Lincoln County High School band boosters, students and supporters have been hard at work raising money to meet the $45,000 goal needed to purchase new uniforms.

The boosters launched a campaign in December, asking for the community’s support in raising funds to replace uniforms that have been in use for two decades and that were purchased used from another program in Alabama.

According to Jonathan Johnson, LCHS band director, the boosters had already raised $9,000 toward the total $45,000 cost of new uniforms when the community sponsorship campaign was initiated back in December, leaving $36,000 still needed.

“Since our initial request in December, we have raised nearly $3,000,” Johnson said last week, updating The Times on the campaign’s progress. “This now has our total nearing $12,000 for the purchase of new uniforms. We have secured several smaller contributions from anonymous donors, as well as a few sponsorships from the Lynchburg T-Shirt Company and a very gracious gift from the LCHS Pumpkin Heads, the student spirit section. The students and myself have been overwhelmed by some of the generous community members and school staff and students who are helping us see this vision come to fruition.

“Band members have also been fundraising like crazy,” he added. “This past week alone, students have sold over 3,000 chocolate bars in order to get us just that much closer to our goal.”

Building on the success of the recent fund-raising efforts, the students and boosters aren’t losing steam – two upcoming events are planned to help secure additional funds. On Friday of this week, Feb. 16, students will be visiting local businesses in an attempt to spread the word about their goal.

“School is out for teacher in-service that day so do not be alarmed if you see students roaming about town in band uniforms,” Johnson said.

The second event, a Poker Run, is set for Saturday, March 24. This will be a motorbike event with multiple stops in Lincoln County and the surrounding area. More details will be released as the event draws nearer. A rain date is set for March 31.

“These students and parents are very motivated to reach this goal, and we need all the help we can get,” Johnson said, noting that with the current rate of growth in the LCHS band, the program could be out of usable uniforms during the 2018-19 school year.

Funds raised through this campaign will purchase high-quality and long-lasting uniforms from Fred J. Miller that would outfit the band for over the next 10 to 15 years, Johnson said, adding that a $500 sponsorship could cover the purchase of a student’s uniform.

For information about how you can help, contact Johnson at LCHS at 433-6505 or by email at jjohnson@lcdoe.org or contact any of the Booster officers. The LCHS Band Boosters executive committee is made up of Angie Griffin, president; Judy Rigsby, vice president; Sherri Gray, secretary; and Angela Osborne, treasurer. Email the Boosters at lchsfalconband@gmail.com. The LCHS Band Boosters is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

To keep up with the LCHS band and the fund-raising campaign, visit the website at www.lchsfalconband.weebly.com or follow them on Twitter and Facebook, @lchsfalconband.