Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2007

Boosting the LHS band

Booster club serves up tacos at annual fundraising dinner

August 30, 2007

There were several reasons why Carolyn Jaqua decided to go to the Lansing High School's Band Boosters' annual Taco Feed.

Besides her daughter's involvement in the band and Jaqua's desire to show support for the organization, she said getting a night off from cooking was a pretty good perk on the side.

Teachers, parents, students and supportive community members gathered Monday night at the high school to feast on tacos before Lansing High's back-to-school open house.

Kathy Cavaleri, president of the Band Boosters, said the club's sole purpose was to support the band and provide the extras that were not in the budget but added so much to the band's success.

Most of the booster club's funding goes toward scholarships for both band camps during the summer and seniors moving on to college. Last summer, Cavaleri said the Band Boosters helped 16 students attend band camps at places such as Kansas University, Pittsburg State and Fort Hays State.

Cavaleri said what made the scholarships possible were the numerous dedicated parents who were willing to do anything to help. She said the parents understand the impact the band has on the school and football fans, and all of them were proud to show their support and enthusiasm.

With six years in the booster club and two children who have participated in the program, Cavaleri said she loved everything about the band. Most of all though, she said she loved the eclectic mix of students involved.

She said the "mixed bag of students" that have come together for one purpose have the ability to fire up a crowd and make a big difference to all those that watch. The band's first chance to show off what Cavaleri described as an "impressive performance" will be Friday at Lansing High's home football game.

There will be further opportunities throughout the year for the booster club to add to its scholarship fund. As usual, the club will run the concession stands at home football games. It will also put on the Jazz A' Que in May, which combines a night of music from the jazz band and a barbeque dinner.

One fan that came to the Taco Feed and is sure to continue her support of the band is Jane Whalen. While her children have all grown up, she and her husband still do whatever they can to help out other students in the Lansing school district.

She said she continues to go to events like the Taco Feed and others because it makes her feel good to help out students and show her appreciation for what they do for the community.

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