In the beginning, it seemed like a good idea and I promise, it was with the best intentions. But some things, I guess, just don’t change.
I’m talking about trying to organize the band, football, cheer and ROTC boosters to work together to raise money for the trip to Ireland they are taking next August. As I’ve told you, my son, Jack, will be an incoming freshman in band and I volunteered to help strategize fundraising efforts.
At first, I really thought we had a chance to bring down some barriers.…
We talk a lot about the value of music and arts programs in our schools. About the life skills learned: leadership, teamwork and responsibility. I want to talk about something much simpler: lasting friendships and a pure love of music.
In the late 1960’s two young men entered the U.S. Naval Academy at the same time. Their friendship started while playing alongside each other in the Navy’s Drum and Bugle Corps and it grew during their Academy days. After graduation, they maintained their friendship and each went on to distinguished careers as military pilots. In a tragic twist of fate, Charles Burlingame and Frank Culbertson, Jr. each played a unique role in one of our nation’s darkest days.
The economic realities of the past few years has made fundraising very difficult. But it’s not impossible. Be innovative and think outside the box. Americans still support those things we believe in. As volunteer fundraisers, we just have to make it easier for them to do so.
Find out how one dad faced the reality of fundraising for a once-in-a-lifetime Ireland trip.
Call it naïve, but when we arrived at the meeting with the band director, booster president and other parents, what I expected to hear was: “We’re going to Ireland! Here’s what the school is paying for and here is what your share is.”
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