The Joplin R-8 School District's Bright Futures program is paying for the $15,000 six-and-a-half mile ribbon that will be one of the highlights of the media frenzy that will accompany the opening of Joplin High School, which at this time is scheduled for August 25.
The $15,000 will reportedly be covered by donations C. J. Huff's Bright Futures and public relations teams are securing from Joplin businesses, but people will also be encouraged to buy shares of the ribbon, according to Joplin R-8 Board of Education President Annie Sharp.
During an interview with Judy Stiles on KGCS' Newsmakers program, Ms. Sharp confirmed the existence of the ribbon, which was first revealed in the June 26 Turner Report.
On the opening day of the new high school, she said, "We'll have a big kickoff. If people want to be a part of history, we're selling a ribbon we are going to wrap around the whole, entire high school. You can purchase an inch, a foot, whatever and have a part of history.
"We're trying to make the Guinness Book of World Records. It's an activity Bright Futures is doing."