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FHS Band Fruit Sale nets profit
Money to go toward student fees, operational costs


The Farragut High School Band Fruit Sale has ended and students and parents gathered Friday, Dec. 5, to unload two truckloads, more than 1,660 boxes, of fruit.

FHS Band director Ron Rodgers said this year’s sale is comparable to last years, despite a small price increase.

“We have dealt with the same company [Riversweet Citrus] for 10 or 12 years now,” he said.

“For the last couple of years we were a bit on edge because of hurricanes, a couple came through and damaged the crops, but we have been pretty consistent through the years with being able to keep our prices at a certain point, which enables us to stay very positive with the community.


“They know from year to year what we are going to ask and that keeps our sales pretty consistent,” he added.

Molly Royce, the band booster parent in charge of this year’s sale, said, “We raised our prices a little this year because of the rise in fuel costs and transportation, and the fruit went up a little bit too. And Hardin Valley is selling fruit this year too, so there is a little bit of competition, but they are doing well too.

“There are enough fruit customers to go around,” she added.

The fruit sale is the band’s major fundraiser each year and the profits are used to help offset band fees as well as for operational costs.

“We will end up profiting somewhere between $30,000 and $35,000 this year, and that goes directly to offsetting student band fees,” Rodgers said.

“If they sell $450 worth of fruit, just gross sales, they can eliminate all their second band fees.

“We try to make [band participation] as affordable as possible and this is the way that we do it,” he added.

Royce said the band’s entire operating budget comes from the proceeds of the fruit sale as well.

“We really do rely on this sale for our operating costs. As you know with the rising cost of fuel it is costing more and more for the kids to travel to away games, even just across town, and that is what part of this money goes for,” she added.

Rodgers said the fruit sale is entirely coordinated by the boosters.

“Every year we have a team who is in charge of the fruit sale. It is a pretty thankless job but [Molly] has done a terrific job.

“They coordinate all the sales, all of the individual student accounts, they handle getting the trucks here and separating the fruit,” he added.

Separating the fruit is perhaps the biggest part of the sale.

“We sell naval oranges, juice oranges, tangelos and grapefruit, but we also sell a mix box, which is a fourth of a box of each one of those,” Rodgers said.

“But what we do to save money is mix our own boxes. We probably sell about 1,000 mixed boxes so we have parents and students come in and start mixing the boxes.

“It is just one long assembly line with just box after box going out,” he added.

If you missed your chance to place your order this year and were counting on buying a leftover box, you may be out of luck.

“We have a waiting list of people who have called wanting fruit if we have any left over,” Rodgers said.

Royce said although she ordered more than 25 extra boxes this year, she wishes she had ordered more.

“I am running out of the extra I ordered,” she said.

 

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