I know you could use some extra help raising money for this trip. We will be doing another coffee fundraiser before you leave for break next week so that you can take your brochures home over the holiday. However, I would like for us all to brainstorm and come up with some other ways you can reach your goal for this trip.
One idea is to write a sponsorship letter. This could be something you present to a business (particularly one that you might have some sort of affiliation with, or one that is related to the Arts in some way), a family member and/or friend of the family, etc.
These letters generally outline the purpose for which you are raising money, why it will benefit you educationally, how much you are hoping to raise, etc.
I found a really great resource on the EF Tours website (the tour group that most of our international travelers tour with) that may be a good place for you to start, or to give you ideas. It will be up to you to take the time to look it over and act on it. I just wanted to make you aware of the resource.
If you have any other ideas for raising funds, either individually, or for a group, please share them here or come see me personally.
In addition to the coffee sales, I am also planning a bowling night fundraiser in January. Stay tuned for more details about this...
If you are still interested in attending the trip, but have not yet turned in your non-refundable deposit of $161.25, you will need to do so by Monday, 12/9/13. I am unable to add any other travelers after this date. These payments are now available to pay online by clicking on this link. You can also send in a check payable to Asheville High Choirs or cash payment.
Also, due to our current trip roster of 34 travelers, the overall price has been adjusted for the trip. Please review the documents section to see the updated information.
Our next payment is due Monday, 12/16/13 in the amount of $240.60.
UPDATE - 12/12/13: Clarification has been received from the tour company. We can still add trip participants after this date. The only "catch" is that there is a chance that the Broadway show we were all attending would either be sold out, would not have seating with our group, or the ticket price may be higher than what we have all paid as part of our deposit. If you are interested, or know someone else who is, as long as you are able to catch up on the payments, we would certainly love to have you join us!
We finally received word today that the trip has officially been approved by Dr. Short and we have her blessing to continue on with the trip plans.
Our first payment deadline is approaching rapidly - 11/20/13. This is the non-refundable deposit payment of $161.25. For this payment only, we ask that you please send in your payment by check, payable to Asheville High Choirs. Because it is non-refundable, we don't want to send anything to the company until we are certain that we will have enough people going on the trip. We MUST fill all 50 seats in order to move forward with the trip. If we are unable to fill the seats, the trip becomes too pricey and we will have to cancel our travel plans.
If we are able to meet the goal of 50 travelers, then all future payments can be made through the online payments on the AHS website. However, we don't want to establish this until we know for sure we are going.
However, for your reference I have included the updated payment schedule for the balance of payments due. Any students who have fundraised will have their amount credited to their final payment.
Thank you to all the parents/students who came to our first informational trip meeting concerning our tentatively scheduled trip to NYC in April.
For those of you who were unable to attend, I'd like to take a moment to sum up our discussion. First, please view the "NYC Trip 2014" tab to download copies of the information that we handed out last night. Those documents included:
We are planning to offer several fundraising opportunities to students to help offset the costs of the trip. The first fundraiser is a coffee sale sponsored by Smoky Mountain Roasters in Waynesville. Students are selling 1lb. bags of whole bean or ground coffee for $12.00 per bag. They will earn a profit of $4.00 for every bag sold. Those orders are due no later than 11/12/13. Coffee will be delivered the following week. Our next sale will begin as soon as we come back from winter break on 1/2/14.
If you have any questions, please contact me at:
Office phone: 350-2645.
You can also reach Ms. Breland at:
Office phone: 350-2641.
Please check back frequently for updates to the information downloads and this blog.