There are so many things that municipal budgets don't cover, and that's why there are so many booster and parents organization that fund raise to cover the difference.
And that's what I'm writing about today.
I volunteer. A lot. A friend told me the other day I have not learned to say NO yet. And despite my denying it, she's actually right. I'm a sucker for a good cause and I volunteer quite a bit with organizations that my kids are involved in and things I'm passionate about.
Which is the topic of this post.
In addition to the Newington School Supporters (I'm a past chairwoman, past treasurer and current race co-director), and Girl Scouts, and myriad other things, I'm also helping out with the Parents Music Club of the Portsmouth Schools. My oldest is a member of the Marching Band and I have spent quality time this past week sewing and altering band and color guard uniforms. Yes, I sew. I actually enjoy it and sometimes dream of having more time to sew. But I digress.
School booster organizations fund the things that school budgets don't cover. Like enrichment activities, field trips, artist-in-residence programs and the arts. The Parent's Music Club organizes and funds music & theater scholarships, help purchase supplies needed for the performing arts in all the Portsmouth Schools - elementary, middle school, & high school. They help in the background at plays, concerts and assist with travel for the choir, drama and band. They provide food for Band Camp and parent volunteers to assist at any music and theater event. It takes a small army of volunteers to get 130-some odd kids organized, on buses and on a competition field.
And quite frankly, they need our help.
In this case the Parents Music Club of the Portsmouth Schools has started a Go Fund Me account. Not for something huge or wonderfully exciting, but something really necessary. A trailer.
A trailer... what do they need a trailer for?
Because at every competition... whether Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Winter Color Guard, or a drama performance; they have equipment to transport. Something that has been done by volunteers and borrowing equipment and trailers. But over time, sometimes you can't keep borrowing something. Or someone can't keep lending it, or their kids have graduated or ... whatever. At some point the parents realize that they need something and there is no one to borrow it from. And in this case it is a trailer to tow behind a vehicle to transport musical, color guard or drama equipment.
And this is why they are looking for your help.
Unlike the schools that have their own fancy schmancy trailers and trucks lettered with their school name, the Parents Music Club is fundraising to buy a trailer to transport equipment that the students use. This trailer won't haul all of their stuff, but help to get some of their equipment from point A to point B.
Can you help out? Every small amount builds to something larger. Like a student learning an instrument learns how to play one note, and then another and soon they are playing a piece from start to finish. Each small note, or donation, leads up to completing the entire piece.