SWHS Band needs new uniforms

DEBORAH WHEELER 267-4555 | @WaltonSunDeb dwheeler@waltonsun.com
The South Walton High School Band needs new uniforms.

When South Walton High School's band took to the field this past football season, they wore the same uniforms that had been worn the first year the school had a band.

"That's 10-years plus," said Alicia Betts, mother of freshmen band members Kenna and Katie Betts. "And, trust me, they are looking more than rough. We have repaired and refurbished, and added sequins, to the best of our abilities."

Betts, and the other band parents have united in a fundraising effort to raise money to purchase new uniforms so that when the new school year begins, the uniforms their teens wear on the field will better reflect the band's hard work and accomplishments.

"I am proud to say that my girls are among an "uber-talented" group of musicians as members of the Seahawk Marching Band," said Betts. "This little band has really grown over the past year and has surpassed all expectations with major accolades and awards during fall competitions."

The Band Parent Association has been actively seeking donations to fund the purchase of new uniforms for the group.

So far, the St. Joe Foundation has donated $7,500 towards the purchase.

The group has sold candy and are planning to sell fruit, and host barbecue dinners.

"Thanks to St. Joe's large donation, we are half way there," said Betts, "but, we need more large donations like that."

However, Betts said any and all donations are appreciated.

New uniforms are estimated to cost around $30,000.

To make a tax-deductible donation, contact South Walton High School, or email awbettsfleck@gmail.com.