The Black Hawk Band Boosters are the parent organization for the Williams Field High School Bands Program. Collectively, we support over 15 performing ensembles and 500 students from elementary through high school. Our program is massive and our families are passionate about music education and understand it's essential to a child's development.
Research has shown that music education has many benefits for students including, but not limited to, improved memory, strengthened hand-eye coordination, powerful study habits, teamwork, and refined problem-solving skills. However, as education funding continues to be cut, our families are asked to close this gap with fair share fees to allow their child to participate. Unfortunately, not every family is able to contribute their fair share. As a result, the Black Hawk Band Boosters has awarded over $5000 in financial aid in the 2019-2020 school year, to ensure every child that wants to participate in music is given the opportunity. A large part of your donation (75%) will go towards ensuring financial aid stays available for families that need assistance to have their child experience music.
Unfortunately, our groups have been deeply impacted by the effects of COVID-19 and the lockdowns. Seven of our groups had their season canceled, losing out on the opportunity to compete and demonstrate the hard work they have put in. With the season cancelation, the boosters lost entrance fees for competitions that were canceled, totaling over $1,000. Additionally, the financial impact to our Regiment families has resulted in a loss of over $10,000 in Fair Share Fee revenue. The boosters are also anticipating an increase in financial aid needs in the upcoming school year due to the financial impacts our families have experienced.
During these trying times, please consider a donation to our organization this #GivingTuesdayNow to ensure that our students have music education available and quality equipment to use and play. They deserve the opportunity to continue to learn and grow through our programs! Black Hawk Band Boosters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your donations to this cause are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.