A pair of Valley high schools are making headlines tonight for two very different reasons. One is making music, and the other is making history.
The J.O. Johnson High School Band was out this weekend asking for the community's help. It was all part of an on-going community wide fundraiser. The group has a goal of $35,000 so they can get to the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.. It's a lofty goal, but band members and their supporters are hoping the community will come together to help them get there. Karen Rogers-Moore, a band fundraiser, says, "It's really exciting for them, knowing that they're carrying Huntsville, the state of Alabama on their backs, on their shoulders and, um, thanking the soldiers for everything they've done in the Memorial Day Parade." U.S. Senator Richard Shelby invited the school to the parade to represent the entire state. Donations can also be made at BBva Compass bank locations.
Meanwhile, students at Hartselle High School are heading back to class in a brand new building. Construction on the high school began back in 2011 because of overcrowding. Grades 9 through 12 will attend class in the 250,000 square foot building. The old building will be used for student in 7th and 8th grades. The project was delayed a bit when the $44 million dollar campus did not pass inspection due to a few minor problems, but those issues have been fixed.
The 7th and 8th graders will not be moving to the old high school building until August so some repairs can be made while it's empty.