The Monett High School band has been given the distinct honor of representing the state of Missouri at the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., next spring, and to ensure that every member of the band shares in that experience, the Monett Band Boosters are working hard to raise $70,000 for the trip.
"We want all our students to be able to go on this trip," said Susan Childress, MHS Band Boosters fundraising co-chair.
The Monett marching band was selected as the one high school band to represent the state of Missouri at the Memorial Day Parade, which will take place in May of 2010.
"I want this community to feel pride in this," said Childress. "I want people to want to support the band and get behind this."
The $70,000 fundraising mark was based on the fact that it will cost students $925 each to make the trip, and there are 75 band students. According to Childress, students, their parents and members of the Band Boosters organization are working hard to raise funds so that every band student can march in the parade.
"The students are absolutely elated to attain this honor and are anxiously looking forward to their trip," said Childress. "The students are excited to represent this beautiful state and honor our veterans."
To date, the Boosters have sold cookie dough and Springfield Cardinals tickets and also organized a garage sale in conjunction with last Saturday's 100-mile yard sale.
Upcoming fundraisers include: selling 50-50 tickets at the Monett Speedway; selling magazines and Cub cards; and sponsoring a scrap metal collection on the weekend of Sept. 19 and 20.
In addition to participating in fundraising events, local
businesses and individuals also have the option of sponsoring one or more students if they wish. All donors will be acknowledged unless they want to donate anonymously, and tax-deductible charitable donation receipts will be provided upon request.
Monetary donations can be mailed to: 9627 Farm Road 2020, Monett MO 65708.
"This is just an incredible opportunity for our students," said Childress. "It's also an incredible team-building exercise for the band.
"The parade is sponsored by the WW II Veterans Committee, and we look forward to showing our appreciation through our performance to the Armed Services on their most sacred day," added Childress. "One of the many lessons we hope our students will learn during this trip is to honor our veterans."
For more information on the fundraising campaign, contact Childress by phone at 235-7039 or 737-2461 or by e-mail at email@example.com.