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Letter: Creating opportunities

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 8:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:58 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters group for its exceptional support of our music and drama programs. In the course of this school year, these volunteer parent advocates have donated hundreds of hours and contributed thousands of dollars to help us create great opportunities for our students.

On March 8, Kaneland High School hosted the IHSA Solo and Ensemble contest at the beautiful Kaneland Harter Middle School facility. The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters volunteer brigade of well over 100 parents and students helped set up the event; ran concessions for over 800 participants and their families; fed our judges and directors from 16 schools; monitored performance rooms and ran adjudication sheets; helped guide the many guests through the school; and then cleaned up afterward. 

On March 2, this same group of wonderful parents organized a performance and fundraising event, the “Knight of Performances,” at Harter Middle School. Student performances, beautiful raffle prizes and delicious food resulted in a fabulous community event, thanks to their leadership, vision and hard work.

In addition to these events, our boosters supplied meals and volunteers for the inaugural KHMS/KHS Choral Festival, purchased tickets for our ensembles to perform the national anthem at sporting events, and financially supported the KHMS Jazz Band appearance at the IMEA All-State music conference. The boosters sponsor and work concessions for the fall play and spring musical, donating profits back to the program, and also provide volunteers for summer band camps.

We are very fortunate to have such capable, selfless and passionate advocates for performing arts education in our community, and we are grateful for their support!

Rebecca Anderson, Brian Kowalski, Diana Kowalski, Bryan Kunstman, Aaron Puckett, Rachel Shershen and Dan Zielinski

The music staff of Kaneland Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School

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