St. John Valley

Band surpasses goal for Washington trip

The Madawaska Education Association, made up of teachers and support staff, have made a $500 donation to the Band Boosters for the Pride of Madawaka’s trip to Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration. The membership feels it is a worthy educational opportunity for the students. Jenny Bechard, right, secretary/treasurer of the association, presents the check to April Leclair, a member of the boosters club. (Contributed photo)

The Madawaska Education Association, made up of teachers and support staff, have made a $500 donation to the Band Boosters for the Pride of Madawaka’s trip to Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration. The membership feels it is a worthy educational opportunity for the students. Jenny Bechard, right, secretary/treasurer of the association, presents the check to April Leclair, a member of the boosters club. (Contributed photo)

MADAWASKA, Maine — Madawaska School Superintendent of Schools Gisele Dionne said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 that the Pride of Madawaska school band has not only reached, but surpassed its goal for the upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., to play at at an event surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

“As of today, we have $25,000 in ‘in-hand’ donations and $9,300 that is pledged,” she reported to the St. John Valley Times via email.

“The extra money will be used to extend the trip one day so that students can view the monuments in D.C., and also for meals and incidentals.  Any remaining funds will be to create a band uniform fund,” she said.

According to Dionne, the band’s uniforms are more than 25 years old and “a bit tattered.” At the moment, students’ mothers are patching and cleaning them in anticipation of the band’s performance in the nation’s capital.

Most recently, Kerry O’Brien, Band Booster leader, presented $1,700 raised by the Madawaska School Department staff, along with another $500 donated by individual members of the Madawaska School Committee, to band director Ben Meiklejohn.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee selected the Pride of Madawaska to perform in the 58th Presidential Inaugural concert on Jan. 19 at the Lincoln Memorial.

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