Frequently Asked Questions
Last year, the funds raised at the Spaghetti Dinner & Auction and the Chili Supper totaled over $16,000. These funds are used to support our students as they march, perform, and flag their way through the year. Due to funding issues in the Shawnee Mission District, we need to continue to raise funds to support areas of the program not covered by the District budget.
We need to maintain or increase our support this year and we can if everyone does a small part toward the big picture.
Q: How can I help?
A: Start by joining Band-Aides. The $5.00 family membership is the best bargain around because it buys membership for the entire family in the best parent support group at SM West.
Q: If I join Band Aides do I have to attend all the monthly meetings – I just don’t have time.
A: No – the meetings are helpful in providing you with the latest information and dates of performances and are a great way to get to meet other parents and have fun, but membership does not require attendance.
Q: I don’t have time to chair a committee or help with an activity. I work and my kids are involved in other activities.
A: We all feel this way many times. However, if everyone would volunteer to help with just one activity throughout the year, wonderful things can happen and no one group of persons ends up “doing it all”.
Q: How is the money raised spent and how does it benefit my child?
A: The money raised is spent on clinicians, transportation costs, special music, printing programs, purchasing equipment/instruments, etc. All of our students benefit from the additional money available to the band and jazz programs at West.
Q: Give me some examples of what I can do to help with the Band & Jazz Programs at West this year.
A: Sign up to help set-up, serve, clean up, or help with the silent auction at the Spaghetti Dinner.
Sign up to help set-up, serve, clean up or prepare the food for the Chili Supper.
Help your student sell tickets to these events and make sure they return the money by the due date.
Sign up to help deliver/serve dinner to the students at the stadium – it only takes a little time and if multiple people volunteer to help – no one has to do it more than once.
Make an item to donate for the silent auction, purchase a gift certificate to donate, or ask a business you are associated with for a tax-deductible donation.