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How to get more people here!

Submitted by MReinhart on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 - 7:40pm Choir Boosters Forum
Any ideas about how to get all 184 families involved?!?!?!?!
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Re: How to get more people here!
Posted by nikkimouse on Wed, 02/05/2003 - 2:45pm
well, i know that my mom gets phone calls all the time to go to booster meetings and what-not. maybe you and mr. emig should call parents and tell them about the performances at the booster meetings, and inform them how crucial their involvement is to their child's success as an individual, and as a singer
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Re: How to get more people her
Posted by TDobes on Wed, 02/05/2003 - 4:45pm

Well, over the weekend I'm going to be setting up a mailing list system here on the web site. Using this, you (Mrs. Reinhart), Mr. Emig, or Mrs. Kennedy should be able to send out reminders to all the parents about upcoming booster meetings / work sessions / concerts.

Even though they probably have already been notified about these events by other means (i.e. students informing them), the e-mail will serve as an extra last-minute reminder. This may be useful for increasing concert attendance, as well as having more families show up to booster meetings and (especially) work sessions prior to concerts.

However, the best method of getting families involved that are not currently involved at all is to, somehow, get them here to see one of our shows. I'm convinced that once parents see the quality of work that is done in the choir, they will begin showing interest in the program. (if not by helping out, at least by wanting to see performances) The fall choir banquet was an excellent step in this direction because it was a way for parents to come see each of the choirs perform, for free. (and free food is certainly a good way to get people to show up, too!) Perhaps we should continue the same idea next year, except expand the invitation to all families. (not just those of incoming freshmen) We'd need to hold the performance in a larger space, as well... perhaps the Pierce cafetorium? Just a thought. Wink!

- Tom -
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Re: How to get more people her
Posted by choirdad on Wed, 02/05/2003 - 9:52pm
Snacks! I know Jenni would be there if there was food.
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Did somebody say food?
Posted by TDobes on Wed, 02/05/2003 - 10:10pm
Me too... If there's free food, I'm there! Laugh
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Re: How to get more people here!
Posted by RebeccaL on Fri, 02/07/2003 - 9:32pm
Wow, that's a big goal! Maybe send a letter through MAIL (so old fashioned, right?) And make it a pursuasive essay advertising Choir Boosters. (saying that choir is important to the child and that he/she needs support...blahblahblah) I think a person is most likley to open regular mail than e-mail. Opening envelopes is more fun! Plus last year Veleteens were coming up with all of this stuff to help advertise the choir department. One of them that I really liked was to have choir shirts! Not like huge tee-shirts, but like cute stylish ones that say MHS Choir or choralteens or something like that. That would be fun! We could design it and everything! All the other sports and clubs (like key club) have sweatshirts or tee-shirts that say thier names loud and proud. Why shouldn't we??
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Re: How to get more people here!
Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 02/10/2003 - 8:17am
i totally agree with the idea of choir shirts. i am a senior choralteen, and the vocalteens have their jackets, so i think the choralteens should have t-shirts.
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Re: How to get more people here!
Posted by lil_poser on Mon, 02/10/2003 - 4:33pm
i think that is a great idea, but choralteens and vocalteens shouldn't be the only ones to get the shrits all choir members who wants one should get one. or if you have been in choir for one year then you should get one.
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How to get more people here
Posted by Mrschoir on Fri, 02/28/2003 - 8:03pm
Like the idea for the choir shirts! Who is going to pay for them? Also, the letter to parents about choir is done at the beginning of the year, and sent home with the students. They are to have their parents sign that they read it and return the bottom portion back to school. Perhaps the letter needs to "state our case" more strongly. Do parents need that much encouragement to support their kid's efforts in choir?
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Re: How to get more people here
Posted by RebeccaL on Sun, 03/02/2003 - 9:29pm
~*who will pay???*~
We could have fund-raisers and what not. It's so easy to get people to buy candy it's ridiculous. Or make our parents pay. Everyone whine about choir t-shirts or sweatshirts. We NEED them!
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Re: How to get more people her
Posted by nikkimouse on Mon, 03/03/2003 - 1:50pm
yes, it is INSANELY easy to get people to buy candy...i don't think there is any reason whatsoever we can't have choir shirts...fund raising is SO easy. Well said rebecca
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Choir T-Shirts, eh?
Posted by TDobes on Mon, 03/03/2003 - 3:04pm

I agree that choir t-shirts would be a good idea, especially if we could coordinate all choir members to wear them prior to concerts. People would look at the shirts and say "What's with the shirt? You're in the choir?"... and then you could all say, "Yes, I'm in the choir. Come see our concert tonight; it's going to be cool." Well, maybe the conversation wouldn't go exactly like that, but letting your fellow MHS students know about the choir would be an excellent benefit of t-shirts. Wink!

However, there are a number of technicalities. First of all, holding a fund-raiser is a lot of work for whomever is organizing it. Tallys need to be kept on how much money comes in and how much candy goes out; supplies of product to be sold need to be guaranteed, and students need to be encouraged to sell. Additionally, think for a moment about each of your classmates. You know that there will be a few people that sell enough to pay for 15 t-shirts, and a few people that will sell one Kit-Kat that think that they're done making a contribution. There will be some people that will take the t-shirt home and you'll never see it again, while other folks might wear it weekly. It seems a bit unfair that a few people will pay for a lot of other people's t-shirts. To make a long story short Big grin!, it seems like a large hassle to go through the process of organizing a fund-raiser for a relatively inexpensive item like a t-shirt.

Perhaps a different way to fund it would be that each student would pay for their own t-shirt. I doubt the price will go over $10 per shirt (although it will vary with size), so it should be within everyone's budget. Also, those who don't think they'd wear a choir shirt don't have to buy one. Perhaps some people could buy shirts for their families if they wanted to, providing some advertising for the choir outside of our school.

However, there is one more thing to consider. Designing a shirt and getting it printed takes quite a bit of effort, both from the choir and from the printers. Thus, we should be thinking about how many students will actually want t-shirts. If only 10 people want shirts, it really doesn't seem to be worth it. If 40-50 people are interested, making the t-shirts makes a lot more sense.

Just remember that asking for this means that you're asking someone (Mr. Emig, Mrs. Reinhart, a booster parent) to do a significant amount of organizational work at a time of the year when they're particularly busy. If it doesn't appear to be worthwhile, it's not going to happen. To try and help everyone get an idea as to how many people are interested, I've added a T-shirt survey here on the web site. If a large number of people appear to be interested, you'll have a much better chance of convincing someone to organize the printing and sales of t-shirts. (Please be honest and vote only once.)

One last point: Who will make the design? As Rebecca stated, "[The t-shirts should be] Not like huge tee-shirts, but like cute stylish ones that say MHS Choir or choralteens or something like that." Who can we ask to design them? Perhaps we could ask any student who's interested to submit a design, and then you could vote? Do you think a lot of students would make potential designs? ...just a thought...

Anyway, it's a good idea to make choir t-shirts, but we need to make sure a lot of students are interested and would wear them. So ask all the choir folks you think would be interested to vote in the survey, and we'll see what the results tell us. Smile

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