AMHERST – It’s a lot of money.
“…Almost a thousand dollars a student,” said Sandra McArthur.
McArthur is the mother of a student in the ARHS Senior Band, which is traveling to Boston at the end of April. Each of 77 students will need to come up with $925 for the trip, but fundraising can help.
An ARHS variety show is being held Friday, Feb. 22, in the school’s Susan Taylor Theatre.
“It’s going to be a good two-hour show,” said McArthur, who has been organizing the event.
The event starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $5. Tickets will be sold to students this week at the school as well.
The mother said it would be ‘awesome’ if combined fundraising efforts could knock $200 or even $100 off the cost per student.
The show will include more than a dozen performances, ranging from a Tae Kwon Do demonstration by black belt student Lucas Bickerton, to ECMA-nominated performer Ken Enman. Some band alumni will be onstage, too, such as Daren White and Chris Meaney – both of whom, coincidentally, got to travel to Boston when they were students at ARHS, too.
“It’s felt awesome to continue being a part of the community,” said Meaney in a written statement.
“I’m sure there are several alumnus like me who want to help but it’s not always easy to know how and/or where. Functions like this let us know exactly that.”
Enman also provided his thoughts.
“I am very pleased to be able to help out with this fundraising event. When I was in junior high I participated in our school band program and found it to be a great experience.”
McArthur’s daughter, Holly, will tap dance at the variety show. The mother said her daughter is “big time” excited about the trip.
“I’ve never been to Boston,” said Holly McArthur.
This will only be the Grade 10 student’s second big trip (she’s already been to New York).
Music teacher Stephanie Mizuik expressed her appreciation for the support of parents and the broader community.