Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 6, 2012

Community support will help send Bluefield Beaver Band students to Disney World


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A long-planned trip to Disney World is once again a go for the Bluefield High School Beaver Band thanks to an outpouring of community support.

The student trip was in danger of being canceled earlier this fall after the band boosters concession stand at Mitchell Stadium was robbed by a still unknown bandit. The boosters lost approximately $1,000 worth of concessions as a result of the theft. The money made from concession sales throughout the summer and school year was being used to help finance the trip to Disney World in the spring.

When a campaign was launched by the Daily Telegraph to help the band boosters recover their loss, the community responded in overwhelming fashion. The $2,000 goal was met when Grant’s Supermarket donated $1,000 toward the campaign. In all, $2,573 was raised for the band boosters to help get the kids to Disney World.

Daily Telegraph Publisher Darryl Hudson joined Ron Martin of Grant’s Supermarket Thursday in presenting the check for $2,573 to BHS Band Director David Wilson and the 34-member strong band.

Wilson said he — and his students — were pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of community support. And donations came from everywhere, including the Princeton Senior High School Band.

For more on the campaign, and how it will help the BHS students, see Friday's edition of the Daily Telegraph.