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Drumming Their Way to D.C.

West Union Schools Alumni and Friends Educational Fund Grant Presentation
West Union Schools Alumni & Friends Educational Fund Awards Grant to West Union High School Concert and Steel Drum Bands

Roy Gabbert (far left), West Union Schools Alumni & Friends Educational Fund committee member, presents Carl Schneider, West Union High School’s Performing Arts Director, with a $2,000 grant award to send concert and steel drum band members to Washington, D.C. this June. West Union High School band members (left to right) Brandi Taylor, Sarah White, Julia Tackett, and Daisee Young join Mr. Gabbert and Mr. Schneider for the award presentation along with Bob Blake (far right), a West Union Schools Alumni & Friends Educational Fund committee member.

West Union, OH – At the January 5 West Union Performing Arts Booster meeting, representatives of the West Union Schools Alumni & Friends Educational Fund presented a $2,000 grant to the West Union High School Concert and Steel Drum bands. The grant award will help fund the Concert and Steel Drum bands’ trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2016 which will include a performance on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

“The Fund is pleased to support West Union High School’s Concert and Steel Drum band trip to Washington, D.C. this summer,” said Roy Gabbert, West Union Alumni & Friends Educational Fund committee member. “This is a tremendous opportunity for students in our community to visit and perform in our nation’s capital, showing off their talents and bringing the experience back to their fellow students.”

During this trip, members of the Concert and Steel Drum bands will visit various landmarks in our nation’s capital, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, and World War II memorials, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the White House, the Holocaust Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution. The students will also attend the Marine parade at their barracks. The trip will culminate with a trip to the U.S. Capitol where the students will perform on the Capitol steps.

“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students to perform on the steps of the Capitol building, showing their talents to a national and even international audience,” said Carl Schneider, West Union High School Performing Arts director. “In addition to that experience, students will be able to see important sites in our nation’s capital, making history tangible.”

The West Union Schools Alumni & Friends Educational Fund is a school endowment fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO). The Fund supports programs and projects that enhance the educational experiences of students in the Ohio Valley Local School District. The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy.

For more information about how you can support the local school districts closest to your heart like the West Union Schools Alumni & Friends Educational Fund, please visit the Foundation’s website, www.AppalachianOhio.org, or call 740.753.1111.

About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. For more information about FAO, visit www.AppalachianOhio.org.

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