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Class of '14 seeks help of LHS alumni to raise funds for sign

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By Tom Wilmoth

    The Liberty High School class of 2014 began collecting dollar bills from alumni last Friday.

    The goal: raise enough money to purchase a digital sign for the front of the school.
    According to Michelle Cox, the senior SCA president at LHS, if every alumnus from the school gave just $1, they could raise enough money to purchase the new sign, which will replace the sign damaged in last year’s wind storm.
    Friday’s kick-off brought out quite a few staff       members  from  LHS  who graduated from the school, which is celebrating its 50th graduating class.
    Of course some alumni will not donate $1, many will likely donate more.
    A booth was set up and manned by student council representatives. LHS Principal Tim Overstreet and assistant superintendent Dr. Cherie Whitehurst were among those in attendance Friday, joining Cox and other SCA representatives at the donation table. A cheer squad celebrated every donation as it came in.
    Dr. Whitehurst, a 1980 graduate of LHS, has other ties to the school as well. Both her parents taught there; her Dad was a longtime baseball coach. Dr. Whitehurst has also served as principal of the school and her children and husband also graduated from LHS.
    “I’m very proud of this SCA and the student body,” Dr. Whitehurst stated about their vision for the project. She added that by including the alumni it helps bring the school’s graduates over the years together. “Liberty High School has had a positive influence and positive impact on the Bedford community for many years,” she said. “Many people have wonderful memories of their time here at LHS. It’s a great opportunity for them to give back to the school.”
    Cox estimates the new digital sign will cost between $15,000-$20,000. The goal is to have it in place prior to graduation next May.
    Those wanting to donate may do so at the school or mail donations to Liberty High School at 100 Minutemen Drive, Bedford, VA 24523. Make sure there is a note that the donation is to be directed to the sign project.
    The donation box will also be out during football games.
    “We really appreciate anyone who helps us out,” Cox stated. “This is a big project for us.”