HELLO blog readers!
I very rarely post about anything other than books, writing, literacy, and libraries.
I also have only ever once posted about raising money for a cause.
I have something I care a lot about that I wanted to put out in the blogosphere. I go to a small rural school in Pennsylvania. We don’t have a lot of money for things like Smartboards, iPads, or masking tape (seriously – our librarian ran out of masking tape one year…) BUT OUR TEACHERS ROCK! They are the best of the best and with them we don’t need a bunch of technology (well maybe we do need the tape, but we did eventually get that).
One of the programs at my school that I really enjoy is our band program. I find music challenging. It makes a different part of my brain fire up when I listen to or try to play it.
“Erik, why are you telling us this?” – you ask (well maybe you didn’t but let’s pretend you did).
The marching band program at our school is in dire need. The school is able to give us some money each year but that has to go towards instruments and repairs. We don’t have a lot of money left over to get uniforms.
The uniforms we have right now are over 20 years old. No offense, but I look like Harold Hill from the Music Man in them – which is an awesome musical and I am not insulting it – but let’s be real:
The uniforms are wool and uncomfortable and pretty much falling apart after being altered, re-altered, and repaired for over 20 years. It is to the point we can’t wear them in parades or at other functions.
My band teacher set up a Go Fund me account to help raise some of the money we need to replace the uniforms.
If you are a believer in the good music programs at schools can do, please think about helping.
Thank you and we will return to our regularly scheduled book blog tomorrow. 😉