Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – A 96 year old retired farmer recently donated $25,000 to Carroll High School’s music program, so students can have new band uniforms next school year.
George Rogers, a man who has lived on the same Northwest Allen County farm since the 1940s, is being hailed as a hero.
But like all creatures of habit, Mr. Rogers has a daily routine. Every morning he heads to a local restaurant for a nice warm breakfast consists of a bowl of oatmeal.
It gives him a chance to catch up with old friends and read the local newspaper.
One morning, he read that his neighbors were in need and didn’t hesitate to help.
Carroll High School had just spent the last year trying to raise $55,000 to replace eight-year-old band uniforms.
The band booster club had raised $30,000 but that left a gaping $25,000 deficit, which was needed for the new upgraded blue, black and white trimmed uniforms.
Rogers had a simple solution. He had just received payment from a land contract and thought “rater than pay Uncle Sam a big portion of it, I'd give it to the school and let them worry about the money,” said George Rogers in an exclusive interview with Indiana's NewsCenter.
But this wasn’t the first time he helped the Northwest Allen County School district.
The land that Carroll Middle School was built on used to be south patch of his vegetable farm.
He sold NACS the land for less than 50% of the land’s appraised value.
“I know we say it every year but I really believe this year is going to be a new Carroll high school when we march on the field this year with these new uniforms,” said Carroll High School Junior Sean Meehan.
Mr. Rogers, a man who watch two daughters play in the high school band, is also looking forward to watching the Charger Marching Band in August.
“I hope I stay around long enough. See I'm 96 years old right now and I hope I'm around for a while yet,” said Rogers.
Principals, teachers, parents and students are in the works of planning something special for Mr. Rogers but right now they want to say... “Thank you so much the fact that a stranger to 150 kids says I'm going to give you the money for the new uniforms to make your program better,” said Carroll Junior Lisa McLellan.
Rogers says he didn’t do this for public appreciation but simply for the kids and for the memory of his wife, a former teacher in the NACS district.
And for the $25,000 dollar question, how can a retired farmer donate that much money without batting an eye.
“More or less luck. I just happened to luck into some deals... and I happened to be the partaker of some of them,” said Rogers.
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