FHS Band Boosters launching major fundraiser for equipment, uniforms, necessities 

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Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

With nearly 100 students, the number of uniforms, equipment, and travel needs of the Franklin High School Marching Panther Regiment amounts to a small fortune. While some families can cover the cost of participating in the band. not everyone can. And several of the instruments used by the band don’t belong to the student, but are actually owned by the band itself and are in need of major upgrades. The FHS Band Boosters is launching the Ultimate Recycling Program to raise money needed to bring FHS band up to where it needs to be.

According to FHS Band Booster Club Vice President Rebecca Martin, the band is collecting everything imaginable and will make money based on recycling it through a Texas-based company.

“Finally a fund raiser that is actually free to the community while supporting our band program and helping the environment too,” Martin said. “Items can be in any condition and donated at no cost to the person. No dump fees. Everything from a sock with a hole in it to a boat to a crutch to a lawn mower. Washers and dryers too. They can be ugly and non-working; toys and dishes. It is a weird list and can be seen around town on a bright green flyer or our website.”

Also on the list are things that can be donated in any condition, damaged or fully operational like office equipment, entertainment electronics, sporting goods, clothing, dishware, jewelry, collectibles, and much more.

The band boosters will be hosting a donation/collection day for the event on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kmart parking lot.

Martin said that the band boosters will make money when the recycler picks it up and pays for the items. There is no limit on the amount the boosters receive, it could be $100 or $100,000-plus.

The recycler has a store, sells on eBay, repairs, donates, breaks down items and sells parts and scraps, so anything they can collect may be useful for them and helps nonprofits raise money.

Anyone who has an item that is not on the list, Martin said they can call before it is donated to see if it can be accepted.

“Boosters, bands from MVI, MMS, and FHS and other groups will have booths with different things going on,” said Martin. “Some mini fundraisers, a 50/50 raffle, collecting donated instruments, accepting donations and hopefully a few surprises.”

Because of the interest in the event, Martin said volunteers are collecting items before May 6 as well. “The community has shown a great deal of interest in it so we will continue to collect items year round on the first Saturday of each month  from 10 to 12 or by appointment,” said Martin.

The big recycling event is just one of the ways the band boosters are raising funds for their needs this year. “We are bringing  back the Fall Sports Program this fall and will begin selling ads next month starting at the May 6th Recycle Event,” said Martin. “The programs will be sold at all home football games until they are gone.”

Martin said a Pancake Breakfast at Fatz is scheduled the Saturday before Mother’s Day and all proceeds raised from any of the fundraisers funds the basic budget which includes a scholarship, food, gas, banquet, awards, parades (includes candy) trailer maintenance and if possible, savings for emergencies.

The band needs instruments and Martin said in addition to fundraising, they are currently applying for grants. If people would like to donate instruments, they can call FHS and ask for the band room or bring them to the recycle event.

A tuba is one thing on their wish list. Martin said a used tuba runs about $8,500. Repairs to instruments are also costly. Martin said it can cost up to $200 to replace the pads on a flute. The band’s trailer that they take to competitions has also begun to leak, so that will need to be addressed soon as well.

The band boosters have also organized Tuesday night spirit nights where on the first Tuesday of each month local restaurants such as Hardee’s, Wendy’s, Bojangles, and McDonalds each volunteer for a Tuesday and donate a portion of proceeds to the band.

For more information or to schedule a drop off, contact Martin at fhsbandboostervp@gmail.com or (828)349-9636 or call or text 803-381-8718.

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