Admiral FUND goal is $25k

Farragut High School Education Foundation’s 2023 Admiral FUND-raiser is targeting its regular $25,000 goal again this year, with an eye toward updating its library books and the sound system in the school’s Commons area, along with helping fund after-school tutoring.

So far, $5,500 has been donated to the cause, which includes a $2,500 donation from The Knox Fox Real Estate Group, which was made official Thursday, Feb. 9, in the FHS library during a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Networking.

The FUND-raiser itself kicked off earlier this month, and officially goes through Feb. 16 — but FHS Education Foundation president Mary Cook said money toward the goal “will still be accepted after the official deadline.”

Cook reported during a Monday, Feb. 6, Town Education Relations Committee meeting that purchasing new library books is a costly expense.

“They cost about $30 each because each book must be properly bound,” she said. “The library was updated a few years ago (through various efforts), so now we really need to update the books.”

FHS unveiled a $135,000 library renovation in 2020, which was a joint effort between the Foundation, FHS Parent Teacher Student Organization and FHS administration, according to information provided by the Foundation.

Since the FHSEF was created in 1993, the 501 (c)(3) organization has given more than $990,000 to FHS to support its students and teachers. Moneys have helped fund a variety of academic and instruction needs, and also contributed toward free tutoring provided at the high school.

“The Admiral FUND has helped purchase equipment and helped fund the cost of some of the new electives at our school,” FHS principal Dr. John Bartlett said during the Feb. 9 networking.

“We have seen a lot things being added, and the programs are thriving because of that Fund,” he added.

Regarding the library book updates, “We are replacing the books we have now with books the kids will actually want to read,” Bartlett said.

“I just want to thank the Town of Farragut, the Foundation, the Gala (which helped fund the library updates) for all the donations we have received. Every bit helps,” the FHS principal added.

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