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 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  Questions? Contact our parent chair Brad Nordhaus ( or either of the teachers.

--   Michael Ver Voort

Music Teacher  Middleton High School  (608) 829-9680

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