To the Editor: BG band boosters support local shops
Written by Elizabeth Wick   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:17
In the BG school system, orchestra and band are two different programs; each operated independently from one another. The band activities are supported by the Band Boosters. In a letter to the editor in Wednesday's edition of the newspaper, it was stated that the BGHS Marching Band pulled their business from Long's Cleaners due to an anti-levy sign in front of the business. While it is true that the band director called to postpone pick-up of our uniforms, it was not done in response to a lack of levy support but to a lack of finances in the Band Booster account. The Band Boosters are self-supported through fundraising and donations. The BGHS Marching Band had the opportunity to go on an awesome, educational trip to Washington, D.C. last spring. As a result of earmarking most of last year's fundraising to assist students with paying for the trip, the booster finances were depleted. The Band Boosters are faced with making tough financial decisions until we accumulate more resources through our various fundraisers. Spending priorities have been established. The Band Boosters strive to support local businesses. It is because of the support of the local businesses that we are able to provide many opportunities for our band students that the school system cannot finance. The marching band uniform cleaning will occur at Long's Cleaners, but it has been postponed until after other financial priorities are addressed that allow students to get the high quality music education that BGHS has always provided its music students.
Elizabeth Wick
BG Band Booster President

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