We understand that not every family has the means to send their child on a trip or multiple trips during the course of the school year at a cost of $1,000 or more. This is one of the key reasons why the Band Parents Association exists – we help those families for whom funding these trips would represent a financial hardship.
There are two essential approaches to be taken in the event of hardship:
First and foremost, the music department publicizes estimates of trip costs as early in the year as possible so that appropriate action may be taken. The Band Parents Association then arranges a variety of fundraising opportunities that can be undertaken by students, parents and friends as a way of funding the student’s account in preparation for anticipated costs.
Secondly, in the event that a family makes a reasonable effort to participate in fundraising opportunities but still falls short of the needed funds, the family may contact Band Director Matt McGuire to discuss additional needs and funding opportunities.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PRIVACY AND REQUESTS FOR HARDSHIP ASSISTANCE:
Please note that for privacy purposes, the Mansfield School District requires that all requests for financial aid and/or disclosure of hardship conditions be made directly to Band Director Matt McGuire. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for a student or parent to engage the Band Parents Association directly regarding any family financial hardship issues or requests for financial aid.
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