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Florala High School raising money for beautification project

Florala High School has started a fundraising effort to beautify its campus by the end of the year.

FHS principal Max Whittaker said the front lawn of the school would be completely scraped off and replaced, as well as a completely changed irrigation system.

“We basically want to scrape off the old grass, which is basically just weeds and clovers,” Whittaker said. “The big island in front of the school would be cleared off and put in an irrigation system. Then we would put in Bermuda sod. We just want to clean everything up and make it look presentable.”

The cost of the cleanup and irrigation system would be about $5,000 to $6,000, according to Whittaker.

“We have already done a lot of work around the campus,” Whittaker said. “But I think this would be the sort of cherry on top. The sod alone would cost about $2,500. We would then need funds for the labor to change the irrigation system. Anything left over would be put towards flower beds and things like that.”

With it being a project of the school, Whittaker said he plans to have the Agriscience class help with the project.

“Our teacher, Coach Greene has a land clearing business and has a lot of the equipment that he has volunteered to use,” Whittaker said. “A lot of the agriscience kids will be helping us, as well. I think it would be a great way to get them learning.”

Whittaker hopes that the project will be completed by the end of the school year.

“It may be a kind of lofty goal, but the goal is to have it all done by before graduation,” Whittaker said. “I just want the students and parents to have a nice campus to drive up to on graduation.”

For those that would like to donate to the effort, a GoFundMe page is set up under School Beautification Project.