Car wash benefits Arlington High School band

ARLINGTON — Even with a steady drizzle during the day, Arlington High School Band students were on target to make their goal of 150 cars washed at their annual fundraiser in the high school parking lot on Oct. 1.

“We never miss that target,” AHS Band Director John Grabowski said. “Our goal is to wash 50 cars for every two-hour shift, with four stations set aside for washing and two more for drying. We have about 60-70 kids per shift, but between 20-30 of them just stick around to wash cars all day.”

Grabowski credited former AHS Band Booster Club President Rand Pigott with being instrumental in starting the fundraiser 16 years ago, noting that the band students still use the car wash signs Pigott created.

“We raise about $6,000 to $8,000 a year through pledges,” Grabowski said. “The car wash itself is free, but we still have people donating on site.”

Grabowski also pointed to the day’s bake sale as an effective revenue-generator in its own right.

“I defy you to find a better bake sale, in presentation or quality,” Grabowski said. “This probably raises a couple of hundred bucks by itself. These parents really support their kids.”

AHS junior Christine Serica has washed cars for all three years that she’s attended the school, and touted it as evidence of how much she and her fellow band students care about the program.


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