St. Joe swim team raises funds at garage sale

Leah Clark, Co-editor

Last weekend, the Bruins’ swim team had a two-day garage sale.

The swim team, who has placed in the state championship for many years, used the sale to raise money to help with various things for the team. Coach Lauri Collins said, “Swimming differs from the other sports because our ‘uniform,’ our swim suit, is not able to be passed down, so swimmers’ families have to pay for their suits and goggles.”

She continued saying, “We also serve breakfast in the morning after our 5:30 a.m. practice. Each swimmer pays a breakfast fee. In addition, we must pay entry fees for each meet.”

The sale, which started on Friday, began when members of the swim team and their parents filled the cafeteria with items to be sold. Most items were donated by families of swimmers on the team, as well as from alumni.

Items, such as furniture, artwork, toys, books, appliances and clothing, were first made open the public at 6 p.m. on Friday. Customers were charged an entrance fee of $6. The following morning, attendants started shopping at 5:30 a.m. with entrance free of charge and came to an end at noon.

Sale-goers came from all over Mississippi as the team made sure to advertise the sale using social media and websites, such as Craig’s List. “We had a couple from Picayune, MS to come shop, so it was exciting to see the sale come together,” said 11th grade swimmer Elizabeth Weisenberger.

Having the sale at the beginning of the school year provided great opportunities for team bonding among the new and old swimmers, as well as the parents. It was a team effort,” said Collins.