SOUTH PLAINFIELD – In honor of “Music in Our Schools Month,” the South Plainfield High School (SPHS) Music Department is holding a “Pledge to Practice” fundraiser throughout the month of March. Sponsored by the Tri-M Music National Honors Society, the fundraiser will not only raise funds for student accounts and the SPHS Music Department, but half the proceeds will go to the Food Pantry of South Plainfield. Band, orchestra, and chorus students from 8th through 12th grades will take part in “Pledge to Play,” keeping track of their practice time. Donations will be accepted from Mar. 1 through 31.

“This is a wonderful event to strengthen the music students’ practice habits and help them grow as a musician,” said Donna M. Kregler, Ed.D., SPHS Director of Choral Activities. “While they practice, the community is served!”

Donations can either be designated to particular students or to the general music fund for music activities, scholarships, instruments, and much more to benefit the music department. Marking a calendar provided by the Tri-M Music National Honors Society, students will keep track of their practicing for the month of March. 

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“The fundraising portion is optional, but we hope the students will help our fabulous community,” said Kregler. “Together we can do so much! Sponsor students by going to the website and filling out what you would like to donate.”

Anyone can donate to the cause using the fundraising link. Donors can either select a particular student or click on the blue hyperlink that indicates, “donate to main fundraiser page,” to donate to the general music booster fund. A QR code is also available for convenience to take a picture of and used to go directly to the 99pledges website.

Half of the proceeds will be given to South Plainfield’s Food Bank to help the community during these challenging times. Donations will be accepted from Mar. 1 through 31.

Kregler says the music department is going strong as students have adapted to the restrictions of COVID-19. Being creative and finding ways to share their talents virtually has been a challenge that they are meeting. 

“The students are doing great,” said Kregler. “We are happy to hear their projects that they have been recording!”