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Pali High Marching Band Seeks Funds For Travel Costs

They are holding a Goodwill Drive next month, and are currently accepting monetary and donated items.

In a time of budget cuts in the school district, can no longer afford to fully fund the band's transportation costs for its competitions. Coming up in Sept. 9, the band will be to raise funds, as well as help those less fortunate.

Donors are encouraged to drop off items between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to the Stadium-by-the-Sea. Pali High earns money for every trailer full of donated items, and the school is also accepting monetary donations to help the band.

Band Director Arwen Hernandez said the school has agreed to fund one-third of the transportation costs, while the band is left to make up for the remaining two-thirds.

"Students can get community service experience and we can receive tax donation receipts," she said. "The VFW and Boosters have been helpful."

Band President Tara Vahdani, a junior, said they did their first Goodwill Drive last year to raise funds for the drum line, which filled one trailer. This year, their goal is to fill two trailers, which both require approximately 700 white kitchen garbage bags filled with items. She added their funding goal is to reach $3,000.

"Having a music program is expensive and unfortunately the school can't afford all of it, and for the students to be a part of it," she said.

Many of the items accepted are clothing and books, but for a full list, check out the Goodwill Southern California website.

Donations can also be dropped off at Room 101, and checks can be brought to the front office, and made out to Palisades Charter High School with "Pali Marching Band" in the memo.

For more information, email palihighgoodwill@gmail.com.

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