For the boy!
First! He made Honor Chior! That’s right, he was one of the students chosen who get to spend all day Monday and Tuesday with an out of state conductor, singing some seriously hard, fabulous songs with the other schools in our borough!
And – secondly, it’s the reason for that little donate button that is now atop my sidebar on the main page. We found out this evening that he does indeed qualify for the High School Choir trip to Europe over spring break! YAY! She was able to arrange things to where all the kids who wished to go, could, which opened up a seat for The Boy.
The bad news is – it’s MUCHO EXPENSIVE to send him. They do a couple big fundraisers, but the money is given as a ‘refund’ during the trip. Most kids use it for spending money. heh. Anyway, it’s very expensive, and as you all know, I’m on a very limited budget. So – while I hate to ask/beg/plead for any money for myself, I have absolutely no shame in begging for help for my kids.
This trip is a once in a lifetime event. My sister got to go with the choir way back in 92 when TheBoy was only a week or so old, and she had a wonderful time. She still remembers so many details and it’s a shining event of her high school choir years. I spent two summers (86 and 88) in Europe working on Mission Trips. I still talk about it – it’s something that doesn’t happen very often, especially for kids around here.
I want my son to have this opportunity, but $3400 is spendy. Very spendy. In fact, it’s about 2 months income for me. I used a good portion of our recent Ak Perm Fund Dividends to write a check for $1550 for the downpayment today.
So, I ask you, all you angels of the internet, if you would help my son achieve his desire. He vows to keep his grades up, and take many pictures and tell many stories of his trip and send postcards to each and every person who donates and gives us a snail mail address so that we can.
I vow to love you forever.
Every little bit helps – be it $5 or $50. I wanted to set up a chipin account, but it seems to be down for a while as they relaunch the site. As soon as it is up, I will definitely get that in the works as well. For now, I set up a new paypal account with my other email address (diTerces [at] gmail [dot] com). This paypal account is strictly for his trip, and all money donated will go to that end. I will keep a running total on this page, and hopefully we can send my boy to France and Spain with his choir.
I thank you in advance for anything you can do to help – be it donate, or helping me spread the word to others so they can donate. I’ve seen you angels do amazing things, and I hope with all my heart that you will open your hearts to my son and help him achieve his dream.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Total Needed: $3400 — Final Due Date: January 15th, 2007
Reservation: $1550 — Due Date: October 15th, 2006 – PAID 10/10
Donations: $100.00 — as of 10-12-06 THANK YOU!!
Total Still Needed: $1750
Next pmt: $500 — Due Date: November 15th, 2006
Want to know more about the trip to be sure you’re getting your donations money’s worth? Why SURE! I included links to places where I could find them as well.
KCHS Concert Chorale Concert Tour of Spain & France
Intropa International Tours
13 days/11nights – March 18-30, 2007 – current Itenerary
March 18, Sun: Travel day, Anchorage to Madrid
March 19, Mon: Madrid – customs/formalities, meet Intropa Tour Managers. Bus to Hotel via a scenic bus tour of Madrid, dinner, and overnight.
March 21, Wed: Madrid/Toledo – siteseeing tour of Toledo, Sing at the 13th Century Gothic Cathedral. Shopping, Concert in San Juan de los Reyes – return to Madrid to sleep.
March 22, Thur: Madrid/Bilbao/San Sebastian – Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, possible concert there. San Sebastian beach, etc. Overnight in San Sebastian
March 23, Fri: San Sebastian/Toulouse – Bus to Toulouse – where they make the Airbus, possible stop to Lourdres. Grotto, check in, sleep.
March 24, Sat: Toulouse – morning siteseeing tour, sing at Toulous University, basilica of Notre-Dame de la Daurade and Musee des Augustins. Afternoon in Albi to possibly sing at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral.
March 25, Sun: Toulouse/Paris – Sing Sunday Morning Music Service in Toulouse. Train to Paris.
March 27, Tues: Paris/Mont-St-Michel – Concert at the monastary Mont St. Michel, overnight stay.
March 28, Wed: Mont-St-Michel/Normandy – Normandy American Cemetery, Point-du-Hoc. Sing at the Memorial. Return to Paris.
March 30, Fri: Travel Day – Paris to Anchorage, bus home.