AHS Band Boosters raise money for New Orleans schools

ARLINGTON The Arlington High School Band Boosters collected more than $250 for Tipitinas Foundation during the AHS Bands Feb. 15 concert, and Band Boosters hope to raise more funds for the music community of New Orleans.
Tipitinas Foundation is a non-profit organization whose Instruments A Comin program works to raise awareness of public music education and provides material support for school music programs. Since many schools in New Orleans are still rebuilding, more than a year after Hurricane Katrina, Tipitinas Foundation has recognized their need for musical instruments and supplies.
AHS Band Booster Sylvia Smith explained that even schools that werent damaged or destroyed by Katrina have suffered adverse impacts as a result, since theyve become overcrowded from absorbing students from schools that havent yet been rebuilt or reopened. Because so many books and pieces of equipment were lost to Katrina, these schools are not only overcrowded, but under-equipped.
In Arlington, were fairly lucky, Smith said. The bands may have long lists of things theyd like to have, or could use, but the schools in New Orleans have even longer lists of things they really need. Our music programs here are an important part of our schools, and I think thats even more true in the New Orleans area, since music is such a big part of the local culture there.
Smith noted that all of the pass the hat proceeds from the Feb. 15 concert went to Tipitinas Foundation, but added that the donors included parents of more than just AHS students.
While the Band Boosters are still discussing the possibility of further fundraisers, they encouraged anyone who wishes to donate to either call Sylvia Smith, at 360-435-0837, or send their contributions to: AHS Band Boosters, c/o John Grabowski, Arlington High School, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., Arlington, WA 98223.

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