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Town school committee to ‘Supply Our Schools’
Drop off school supplies at Town Hall, Aug. 2-13

Farragut schools, including Hardin Valley Academy, will benefit from Farragut’s School Education Relations Committee’s first initiative to “Supply Our Schools.”

Members of the community are urged to donate paper, pens, pencils, erasers, markers, crayons and other school supplies at the Town Hall drop-off location next month.

Two barrels will be set up in Town Hall’s lobby, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 2–13.

S.O.S will be the first SERC community initiative since its beginning last October.

Only two SERC volunteer members were present at its meeting, Wednesday, July 7.

Members present were Carla Lyle and Betty Clemens; a quorum was not met and no decisions could be made. S.O.S was planned previously.

Many members were absent due to the Independence Day holiday.

Also at the meeting, Tammy Rathfoot, a mother of Farragut Middle School children, attended as a guest with an idea for a fundraiser.

She facilitates embroidering school logos primarily for athletic teams. She said there would be a way to raise funds for school programs by keeping the money in the community, using local businesses to embroider the logos that would then give a percentage to the schools.

Lyle, a BB&T manager and wife of an FHS coach, said the company Farragut High School uses isn’t local; however, a small percentage is given back to the schools.

“Most of the funds go to booster clubs,” Lyle said.

“I think it would be great if there was an organized unit. I’m not sure this is the committee to run this,” she added.

Town Administrator David Smoak, Lyle and Clemens agreed SERC wasn’t the avenue that would work best for Rathfoot’s fundraiser idea. School PTAs were suggested as a better option.

However, with Rathfoot’s suggestion came a discussion of school needs.

Lyle said, “The ceiling [in the Vicki Wells Auditorium at FHS] is falling down. There are major monetary needs.”

In other business, Farragut Business Alliance’s Red, White & Blues pre-Independence Day family event was “a great success,” Lyle said.

Funds raised from the event also will benefit Farragut schools, including Hardin Valley Academy.

SERC will meet next at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4, at FHS.

An election for committee chair, vice chair and secretary are scheduled to be held at the August meeting.


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