Savanna Beckner wasn't going to let the budget squabbling between Sumner County commissioners and the school board ruin her senior year at White House High School.
"When I found out we weren't starting [school] my first thought was, 'Oh my gosh graduation. Are we going to graduate on time?'" Beckner told Nashville's News 2.
When school finally started, eight days late due to the budget standoff, Beckner and other members of the White House Decca club spearheaded a marketing campaign to raise money for schools in the White House area.
The students printed an initial run of 1,500 shirts, selling them at football games and other events in the community. The proceeds will be shared among White House High, White House Middle, Millersville Elementary and H.B. Williams Elementary.
Senior Dylan Brinn acknowledged that the money they raise won't solve the Sumner County school budget crisis.
"Thousands of dollars doesn't even amount to anything when you're talking about millions of dollars," said Brinn. "We want to use this campaign to bring the community together, bring awareness to the issues of the school budget so we can get some support and have fully funded schools."
The Sumner County School Board says they are $1.9 million short of what they need to fully fund the schools this year.