The Sunnyside High School band has raised approximately half of the money needed to fund its trip to Disneyland this April.
The band has sold butter braids, Krispy Kremes, handwarmers, Tupperware, held raffles and worked at various school sporting events to raise the approximate $10,000 they have in the coffers currently.
However, the money raised is only half of the funds needed for the band to attend Disney Magic Music Days in Anaheim, Calif. this April.
This past Saturday, the band sold enchilada plates at the Sunnyside High School basketball games, netting $500 (half of what was hoped). The band is hoping to raise more money with a chili feed on Feb. 16, a McDonald's takeover in early February and possibly a yard sale.
"What we really need is more community support," said Sunnyside High School band instructor Yoko Kan. Support from sponsorships and donations would be greatly appreciated, according to Kan.
"Our greatest challenge has been that Ms. Kan is new to the band program and funds were not where we would have hoped at the beginning of the year," added Band Booster member Linda Gutierrez.
The students most in need of sponsorship are the freshmen and sophomores, according to Kan. She said those band members have not had three to four years of fundraising experience, and they had the greater amount to raise in less time.
Kan and Gutierrez both added, "Donations and sponsorships are tax deductible."
"All I can say is 'Help!'," Kan finished.