VIENNA - A group of crafters wants to raise money for the Parkersburg High School stadium project.
Members of the Vienna Baptist Church Crafters have been putting together bracelets and selling them to raise money for the project.
Earlier this year, the Wood County Board of Education approved $700,000 to help fund $3 million in renovation costs. The Stadium Committee has $100,000 on hand and plans to secure a $400,000 loan. The rest of the money will be generated through fundraising.
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Phyllis Cheuvront of Vienna makes a bracelet with the Vienna Baptist Church Crafters to raise money for the Parkersburg High School Stadium Project.
In one week, two women with the crafters made 50 bracelets, sold them at $8 apiece and made $400 to donate to the stadium project.
"We are hoping that whoever buys them will have a part in renovating the stadium," said Margaret Reeves, one of the crafters.
Since then, more than a dozen other crafters have signed on to the project and have begun work.
"We were teaching others how to do it," Reeves said.
The bracelets have a red and white color scheme and are made from parachute cord. They come in small, medium and large sizes.
Craft group member Betty Fletcher asked if there was something that they could do to support the PHS stadium renovation, something maybe that they could make and the kids could wear, Reeves said. They came up with the bracelets.
"Our group is very community minded," Reeves said.
A few samples were made and Reeves gave some to her son Don, who is the football coach at PHS. He took it to school and showed the football players.
"He called me and said he had 25 guys who wanted one each," she said. "That is how it started.
"We made these bracelets that anyone can wear and feel that they helped support the renovation."
Reeves also gave some to her daughter, Pam, who is the girls tennis coach at PHS and teaches at Hamilton Middle School.
The bracelets were popular with the tennis players as well as others.
"A number of kids at Hamilton saw them and wanted some too," Reeves said. They hope kids throughout the schools will see them and want one.
"If we get over a thousand orders, we will make over a thousand bracelets," she said.
The crafters had received donations totaling $100 as seed money to get materials and begin the work.
"You can do it in front of the TV at night," Reeves said. "I have to be doing something with my hands.
"It is really easy to do and I really enjoy it. It is for a good cause. We made these bracelets that anyone can wear and feel that they helped support the renovation."
As long as there is interest in the bracelets, the group will continue to make them.
"We are going to take it as far as we can take it," Reeves said. "The stadium needs $3 million.
"If we can do our small part and if everyone does their small part, they will have the project paid off in no time."
To order, people can email firstname.lastname@example.org, contact any of the VBC crafters or Coach Pam Reeves or Coach Don Reeves at PHS.