They’ve manned concession stands, assisted with dog auctions, peddled cookie dough, and even staged a highly successful dinner and show, with all proceeds going toward this month’s band competition in Colorado. So it was both surprising and disappointing when Cabool High School band students and Cabool Music Boosters found out this week that after a year and a half of fund raising, they are short on transportation funds needed for the trip.
“We’ve run into a problem with transportation costs,” said Sandy Luerssen, president of Cabool Music Boosters, “because of unforeseen expenses that had to be taken from the transportation budget and used for those expenses.”
An emergency meeting of the Boosters was held Monday evening to brainstorm on ways to make up the estimated $2,500 to $3,000 shortfall in transportation costs. The rest of the trip is paid for, including lodging and breakfasts while in Colorado, and the group plans to prepare many of the other meals to reduce food costs.
With the cost of a chartered bus out of reach, the group had originally planned to use two school buses and four bus drivers for the 16-hour trip to Breckenridge, Colorado, and the return trip. However, the cost of two buses with drivers was found to be closer to $6,000, so plans were downsized to one school bus with two drivers to transport the 40 band members and their sponsors/chaperones, plus their luggage. A private vehicle would accompany the bus and haul band instruments in a closed trailer.
Even with going with one bus and a trailer, the group had a shortage of “$2,500 to $3,000 to cover costs for transportation,” Luerssen said.
The trip is set to begin the evening of Tuesday, March 29, driving through the night. The group will return late Saturday, April 2, or early Sunday, April 3. Between now and March 29, band students will be involved with district contests, practices and other school activities, leaving no time to put together additional fundraising events. So the Boosters are turning to the community to assist in whatever ways they can.
Luerssen said donation of food items that could be used on the trip, such as bottled water, sandwich and snack items, even meal ingredients such as hamburgers or spaghetti, would help reduce food costs and free up money that could then go toward transportation. And, of course, cash donations are certainly welcomed.
If you would like to donate items toward the band’s trip, you may do so at the Cabool High School office or at the Cabool Enterprise office, 525 Main, or mail your monetary donation to P.O. Box 734, Cabool, MO 65689 no later than Monday, March 21.
News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise