In my capacity as Co-President of the West Stokes Band Boosters we are working with the other band booster groups around the county to increase support for the music programs with in the schools, from the County and from the Community. We recently joined the King Chamber of Commerce. We are hosting a Business after Hours get together march the 11th. In order to further awareness of the Band and what a great program we have and what a positive effect being in the band has on the students involved. The Band Boosters are hosting a get together with Band Booster groups from around the county Febuary 11th. We have invited the principal and athletic director from West Stokes. Our new School Superintendant is planning on attending. We have also invited members of the Stokes County board of education.
I was not in the band, neither was Renee. But we have become converts to the band. We have seen first hand what great impact the band has on these kids. These really are the best kids in school. They are the top kids in their classes, they have the best graduation rates, least discipline problems almost universal acceptance to college. College admission officials look for band involvement when deciding on college applications. I read this weekend that 50% of the incoming freshman at Georgia Tech were in music programs in high school. The County funds for the band have been going down over the last few years. The marching band is completely funded by the Band Boosters. It seems to me that we should be doing all we can to support music in the schools.