We are going to try something new this year.
After twelve years of sending home fundraising catalogs with various items, we have decided to try a year without a fundraiser. We have not made this decision lightly—the WMS band program relies heavily on the profits from these fundraisers. Over the past few years, we have noticed a large decline in the catalog sales and a steep increase in donations. Conversations with parents and community members all return a common theme—“I’d rather simply give all my profit to the band.”
Our band is well supported by our school, as well as by the district. Our numbers at West Middle have grown at a rate that has been challenging to support. Year after year, we have been given additional district funds to purchase new instruments, and our administration has made every attempt to meet any additional needs through the building budget. We are grateful for their continued support.
We have given much thought to the annual needs of the West Middle Band program, and it is unrealistic for us to operate without supplemental funding. This year, however, we are going to take a break from the typical catalog fundraising. We are looking for donations to help us continue to provide outstanding opportunities for the young musicians in our West Middle community.
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