HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – Hartsville High School Class of 1965 donated a new downtown sidewalk bench to the City of Hartsville in celebration of their 50th class reunion.
The idea to provide the city with the gift came when the committee realized there were remaining funds after their reunion took place.
The group was inspired by the downtown bench project of the 2014 class of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce's Leadership program, where class members raised funds to install durable metal benches that currently line the sidewalks of Carolina Avenue.
After the group connected with Hartsville City leadership, they found the city leadership's existing funds covered nearly half of the $1,500 cost of one of the benches. The class of 1965's committee members contributed the remaining money to cover the cost of the bench within hours.
The bench donated by the class of 1965 will be one of those installed on South Fourth Street.
Committee members of the Hartsville High's Class of 1965 would like to challenge other Hartsville High School classes to sponsor a downtown bench. Anyone interested in donating a bench should call the City of Hartsville at (843) 339-2867.