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La Vergne High School Band Gets Free Color Guard Flags

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by Emily Luxen

LA VERGNE, Tenn. - After funding cuts left the La Vergne High School band unable to pay for an important piece of equipment, a local company stepped up to help.

The band was hoping to start the season with new flags for the color guard to help complement a new routine. However, with a cost of $3,000, they were forced to get creative.

"Some of the parents tried to sew the flags," said Paige Robinson, president of the La Vergne High School Band Boosters. "The result was not something we were proud of."

With help from La Vergne city officials, Robinson was put in touch with some experts at SVP Worldwide, the world's largest consumer sewing machine company that is conveniently located in La Vergne.

Over the last week, eight employees from the call center have been donating their time and skills to sew 32 flags for the band. Each one takes about four or six hours to complete, and requires two kinds of seams.

"If we are able to help our local community, it makes all of us feel really, really great," said Vivian Lavinskas, who has helped supervise the project at SVP.

"We never could have done this on our own," said Robinson.

Robinson picked up a few of the completed flags Thursday to give students a preview. The response was plenty of cheering.

"Just to give them something that was done by professionals and done with love - it's just amazing," said Robinson. "They love them!"

The band receives $5,000 annually from the school district, but has to raise money through fundraisers and sponsorships to cover the rest of its $100,000 annual budget. Robinson said as long as the economy continues to struggle, donations will slow down.

"We're not alone," said Robinson. "Bands everywhere struggle to raise enough money to cover costs. It's nice to see people in our community have stepped up to help us." 

Employees at SVP Worldwide planned to have all the flags completed by Thursday, September 12. The band hopes to debut the new pieces of their show at the game the next day. Band members also want to perform for the staff at SVP Worldwide to thank them for their help.

"It just brings everything together," said Robinson. "The band really takes a lot of pride in what they do. They work hard, and it is nice to see they have flags they can be proud of."


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