Beginning in the summer before the school year, we start sending our donation request letter to local businesses. The donations we receive are due to the kindness and generosity of the companies in our county. We are truly appreciative for what they do for us.
Currently our band operates on approximately a $20K per year budget. We really need about $35K per year. Without fundraising, that budget would be $0.
There would be no money for instrument repair/replacement, music, extra instruction, uniform cleaning/replacement, band trips, awards, activities, and so much more.
Every dollar earned through fundraising goes directly back into the band program. We have two fundraisers that are geared specifically for students to raise money for their Spring Trip or other band related fees. The Annual Winter Concert Raffle and the Spring Yard Sale. 100% of the money raised in each of these goes into student accounts.
Fundraising also keeps fees and other costs to students and parents down. Without it, our Spring Trip would cost significantly more as would ALL our activities.
Below are some of the fundraisers we do every year.
This event is for the entire school and is sponsored by the Band Boosters. We will need parent volunteers to help with chaperoning, concessions, admissions, and decorating.
All money raised goes toward the general booster fund, which directly supports all band needs.
This fundraiser is Ms. Smith's only "school" fundraiser. All money raised will go into the school band account to be used by Ms. Smith for all classroom needs such as music purchase, instrument repair and cleaning, new instrument purchase, and general classroom needs.
Each student will need to sell at least ONE box of candy. There will be cash and prizes for the top sellers!! So go out and SELL SELL SELL!!
A part of the fruit sold will go to the the student's account towards the spring trip. The rest of the money raised will go into the school band account to be used by Ms. Smith for all classroom needs such as music purchase, instrument repair and cleaning, new instrument purchase, and general classroom needs.
There will be cash and prizes for the top sellers!! So go out and SELL SELL SELL!!
The event raises money for our booster general fund. The general fund of the boosters pays for AS MANY things as possible to keep YOUR costs down. Most of the money raised here will pay for the transportation costs for the Spring Trip, which is substantial and is usually between 6-9K dollars.
So as you can see, the boosters have become the main source of funding for the band program. This event is our largest fundraiser of the year and by far the most fun for the kids! We will need many many many parent volunteers for this one to help with check-in, concessions, chaperoning, and assisting with the many games and activities we will have planned. This party lasts ALL NIGHT!
VERY IMPORTANT: Please be sure your child has someone pick them up by 7am in the morning!! If they are not picked up by 7am, they will be dropped off at the Emerson Police Department and will be considered an "abandoned child"! We cannot put Ms. Smith in the difficult situation of driving home at 11am because she had to wait for a parent to pick up their child. If you are going to be late, CALL MS. SMITH! This policy will be enforced!
We charge a small admission price for this concert with all proceeds going to the booster general fund.
We usually need parents to help with admissions, gold card member parking and seating, student seating and with collecting uniforms after the concert from ALL the students and to clear the stage as needed.