NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The annual New Providence Music Boosters Ice Cream Social was a sweet success.
The event at New Providence High School Wednesday night is part of the March celebration of “Music in Our Schools Month." Tickets for the social were $4, with all proceeds going to benefit the New Providence School District (NPSD) music programs. Last year’s event raised over $2,000. Once again this year, many community members, parents and friends attended the event to enjoy the ice cream treats and student performances.
A one-night-only concert was held in the High School auditorium. The stars of the show were New Providence students in grades 5-8 from the New Providence Middle School, Allen W. Roberts Elementary and Salt Brook Elementary schools. They performed a “Pops” concert featuring school choruses, bands and orchestras. In the high school cafeteria, New Providence Music Boosters scooped ice cream provided by Zita’s.
This year’s Committee Chair was Susannah Prill, who was assisted by Donna Zane, the Music Booster volunteer coordinator. The volunteers were drawn from the active membership of about 150 families in the New Providence School District. Many of the members have volunteered for the social before. Prill has chaired the social for the last several years and she organized Wednesday’s volunteers into groups that included ticket sales, set up, scoopers and clean up.
“It’s a very dedicated committee who make the meetings and have a lot of creative ideas,” said Prill, who also expressed her appreciation for the high school students who volunteer. She commented about the teens, “They save the day.”
Kenneth Hess, the department head of Fine, Performing and Practical Arts in New Providence, expressed his appreciation for the Music Boosters, saying, “The Boosters support is integral to our success. They provide moral and financial support to all aspects of our performing arts program.”
There are 1,800 children who participate in a variety of music programs in the district. There are 30 different organizations and 11 teachers providing musical instruction.
Elizabeth Ertman, the booster membership coordinator and the marketing coordinator said that levels of membership “range from $25 for a booster membership, $35 (partner), $50 (patron), $100 (benefactor) and $500 (visionary) memberships.” To thank people for joining, they have a unique set of merchandise that they give members as a bonus that have a musical theme called “The Periodic Table of Musical Elements.”
Ertman also spoke about another Booster fundraiser: “We also just finished another fundraiser. We published our first Booster Book featuring the 30 musical organizations in the NPSD and the photos and rosters of the children who belong to each group. These commemorative Booster Books are free to members. We have made copies of the book available free of charge at the ticket table when someone joins the New Providence Music Boosters.”
While the Ice Cream Social is the largest fundraiser for the year, money is also raised from the activities of the Boosters through membership, donations and Market Day. The money donated to the students and teachers of the school district serve to supplement the Music Department’s budget in the form of scholarships, equipment and special performances.
Julie DeMarco is the mother of three children in the New Providence public schools; Jeremy in the 8th grade and twins Alyssa and Caitlyn in the 5th grade. DeMarco commented about the event. “It’s a nice time for the community to come together and support the fabulous range of music we offer in our schools.”
The New Providence Music Boosters is an organization comprised of parents and friends that support the New Providence Music Department. Their goal is to enhance the music education experience of every child in the school system in grades Pre-K–12. To learn more about the organization and to support the organization visit www.npmusicboosters.org