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THS band sells fireworks for Fourth of July

by: JILL WISEMAN - Tigard High School students Julie Otis and McKenna Wiltbank work the fireworks stand on Highway 99W. The school's band program has been selling fireworks every Fourth of July for 20 years.If you’re still looking for fireworks for Friday’s Fourth of July festivities, you might want to go back to high school.

For years, Tigard High School’s band program has operated two booths offering fireworks each summer as a fundraiser, one booth at Tigard High School and another on Highway 99W.

The Tigard High School location has been in existence for more than 20 years, said Jill Wiseman, who coordinates the yearly fundraiser.

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Where:

• Tigard High School, 9000 S.W. Durham Road

• Tigard-Orenomah Masonic Lodge #207, 13680 S.W. Pacific Highway, in Tigard

When:

• June 30 - July 1: Both locations open from 2 - 8 p.m.

• July 2 – 4: Both locations from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

“It’s a tradition that students sign their names to the inside of the booth and we have signatures going back to 1994,” Wiseman said. “There are current music teachers working in the district that worked in the fireworks booth when they were in high school.”

Kati McKee, the band’s director of marching programs, said that about 20 percent of the band’s yearly budget comes from the annual fundraiser.

“Parents and students spend an enormous amount of time funding programs to go to competitions, help students rent instruments and provide kids with uniforms,” Wiseman said.

The fireworks stands usually bring in between $5,000 and $10,000 each year, Wiseman said.

“That is a huge amount to go toward our yearly budget,” Wiseman said.

Proceeds from the yearly fundraiser support the school’s band program, including the marching band, drum line, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and color guard, Wiseman said.

Students in the school’s marching band and drum line pay about $650 each year in fees, Wiseman said.

“There are some kids who can’t afford to do that, so we try to give them opportunities to earn make through working at fundraisers like these,” Wiseman said. “We try to do whatever we can to raise the funds so that kids have the opportunities to perform and have the proper equipment they need.”




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