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November 9, 2016 - Campus Messenger - The Fruit Sale is Here Again!

Hello band parents and students-

It is once again time for the annual Band and Orchestra Parents' Association (BOPA) fruit sale!  This is the single largest fundraiser or the year, and it raises over $20,000 - more than half of BOPA's operating budget.  Money from this sale supports and makes possible all of the experiences available to band students (concert band, solo/ensemble, jazz ensemble, marching band, honors wind ensemble, etc.).  Additionally, students can raise money for their band account to defray travel costs and school events like solo/ensemble fees.

This year, we are asking every student to sell five boxes of fruit.  This small contribution will help BOPA to continue to support you/your students in their school music program. Occasionally, families ask if BOPA accepts donations in lieu of sales; the answer (of course) is yes.  Checks can be made out to MHS BOPA and turned in directly to Mr. V or Mr. Brown, and receipts can be provided for tax purposes.

Fruit Sale Details:  - Order forms are due MONDAY, NOV. 28  - All fruit must be picked up on Delivery Day - SATURDAY, DEC. 10  - Customers should direct payment to you; each student/family will then write one check to BOPA on fruit delivery day.  No money should be turned in with order forms.

Helping at Delivery Day:  The BOPA fruit sale is really a "by parents, for students" fundraiser.  The entirety of the event, from creating the order forms to delivery of the fruit, is coordinated by parents.  On Fruit Delivery Day (Sat. 12/10), parents and students gather at MHS to help unload, sort, and distribute an entire semi truck full of fruit.  The link for  parents to sign up is  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094baca62aab9-20... students will sign up at school.  Please consider helping out; it's a lot of fun!

How to Sell Fruit:  Fruit is an easy product to sell in person (most people really do want to buy it), but there are other ways that students have found great success:  - Emailing friends and family.  Here are two sample emails students could use: Sample 1. Sample 2. - Having a parent leave an order form or poster in a break room at work.  - Selling at church or other religious community after services.  - Going door to door with a friend playing duets  - Asking current and former teachers (every year teachers ask us in December if it's too late to buy fruit!)

Thanks to everyone who has already sold fruit - and all the students who will sell fruit this month.  Be sure to check out the website at https://mhsbopa.com/fruit-sale/.  Questions? Contact our parent chair Brad Nordhaus (mhsfruitsale.brad@gmail.com) or either of the teachers.

--   Michael Ver Voort

Music Teacher  Middleton High School  (608) 829-9680  mvervoort@mcpasd.k12.wi.us

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