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The Scent of Fundraising

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Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 5.40.05 PMThis week the student’s should have brought home a packet regarding the Yankee Candle fundraiser.

Within the packet is a catalog of candles that are for sale and a traditional order form. You might bring this to your office or share with your neighbors.

Another way to let friends and family know about the candles and allow them to place an order is through the website. It is fairly simple to set up.

The site is

In the center of the home page you will find a box titled Start Shopping. In that box is a link that reads Create SELLER login.

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Fill in the Sign Up to be a Seller section. The group number is 990098674

Once you have set up your seller login you have the option to add names and emails of friends and family who would want to buy from you as well as share on Twitter and Facebook. You will also be able to login and track all your online sales.

There is also a mobile app. Go to the Google Play or Apple store and find the Yankee Fundraiser. Setting up the mobile app is similar to setting up the website app. With the mobile app you can text your friends and family a link to buy the candles.

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How much will you raise? Yankee Candle gives 40% of all sales. For all fundraisers the band splits the money 10% to the general band fund and 90% to the student accounts.

The holidays are right around the corner and everyone loves candles.



First Game at Pickens

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The Pickens County High School Band members were great hosts and let us come in out of the rain to eat our sandwiches when we arrived.  The rain stopped and after a good rehearsal the band played stand tunes while the football team scored 2 touchdowns. Go Hooch!  During the halftime show the band performed Moondance and Starry Starry Night and finished off with the Chattahoochee Fight Song.  After a great run, the band gathered at the sideline to watch the Pickens High School Band perform their show. We have a nice group of musicians this year and we are looking forward to a fantastic Marching Season. More Pictures.

How I Earned $150 Toward Band Fees with Little Effort

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Like many other band families, when I heard there were opportunities to decrease my band fees I wanted to know more.  I immediately got involved with what I was told was the most lucrative fundraiser, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater concessions.

I had heard about the Scrip fundraiser but even though I was in charge of fundraising, managing Scrip was not assigned to me. I, like many of you, looked briefly at the Scrip opportunity and saw that only 2-12% of the gift cards you purchase are applied to your fees. That is just a few dollars at a time. I felt it was not worth the effort.

This year I decided that since I am in charge of fundraising I should learn more about Scrip and at least give it a try. I learned that you do not need to pre-order gift cards. You can actually sign up to buy the cards online and have them delivered as e-cards within a minute. So this is what I have done.

We eat at Chili’s. I am a rewards member there meaning for each dollar I spend I get points that can be redeemed for free food. When it is time to pay the check I log in to get my rewards and see what the amount of the check is. I add the tip amount to the total and then go on my phone and buy a ShopwithScrip gift card for as close to the amount as I can. Chili’s gives 11% back toward my band fees. So I effectively got an 11% discount plus my Chili’s points.

I have a Starbucks gift card that is registered for me to get Starbucks rewards. When it runs low on funds I go to ShopwithScrip, buy a gift card and then transfer the funds from that gift card to the one that is registered to give me my points. Now I am getting my Starbucks rewards plus 7% of the amount going toward the band fees.

Summer is a time of lots of blockbuster movies. I am an AMC member and earn points for the money I spend with AMC, even when paying for  tickets with a gift card. So when I go to buy my tickets online I use my rewards card and an AMC gift card that I bought online and was emailed to me within a minute. I earn my points and get 8% of the amount spent applied to band fees.

For mother’s day I could have used 1-800-Flowers to send my mom a bouquet earning 12% toward band fees. Instead I bought her gift cards that were emailed to her.

I started in January. There have been a number of times I forgot to even check if the place I was buying from was listed on Scrip such as Chipotle which gives 10%. Yet without really trying, I have racked up $150 toward my band fees. Now I am thinking about how much more I can earn if I get my family to use online scrip or if I sell gift cards (at cost) to my friends, family, and neighbors. I think we would all agree that gift cards are better to sell than cheesecakes. But if you really like cheesecake, Cheesecake Factory gives 5% back toward band.

There are only 25 slots available for each Verizon Wireless show. There are limited slots available to work the concession stands, but there are numerous businesses listed on Scrip that when you use the gift card will help your fundraising add up.

To learn more about how to get set up with the online account, visit our fundraiser page.

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Showing Spirit on Theme Days

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Show Spirit on Theme Days

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Each day of the second week of band will have a theme. Students can dress up and show spirit for the marching band program.


Monday 7/25: Twin Day – dress like someone else
Tuesday 7/26: Superheroes Day – bring out the superhero inside
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Wednesday 7/27: Jorts Day – wear jean shorts
Thursday 7/28: College/Sports Day – show pride in your favorite team or college
Friday 7/29: USA Day – wear red, white, and blue



Band Camp Advice

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From someone who’s been there…

1.  Bring water JUGS not bottles – 1 gallon is best

2.  Wear cool, loose, and comfortable athletic clothing.  Avoid dark colors

3.  Wear your sunscreen.  Getting a sunburn hinders your body’s ability to cool itself.

4.  Carry a small back pack/cinch – What should you carry in your bag?
+ a small snack (granola bar, crackers, fruit, etc.)
+ money for off campus meals
+ sunscreen and bug spray – keep in a plastic bag in case of leaks
+ sunglasses and/or hat
+ anything you need that isn’t in your band locker (music, drill, mouthpiece, valve oil, etc.)
+ hair ties/headbands
+ keep your phone in a plastic bag in case it rains
+ pencil or pen

• You should have a binder for music and a pencil. Keep all your music in plastic sleeves so it doesn’t get dirty or wet.
• Your drill should also be kept in a plastic sleeve and should be available to you at all times.

6.  Show up at least 10 minutes before call time.

7.  Eat a good breakfast with protein and carbs but don’t over eat.   Drink LOTS of water every day.  If you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.
• try to avoid milk – Some have found it makes them nauseous when it’s hot out.

8.  Remember that you will be out in the sun all day so if you wear a watch, wristband, shirts with sleeves, etc. you will get tan lines.
• You will be allowed to take your shirt off if you want (girls need to wear sports bras…try to avoid white or beige).

9.  Go t0 Summer Marching Camp  page on the website for a camp schedule.

10.  Post your own advice in the comment section of our Facebook post.

See you at camp!

Summer Scrip

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If you had a coupon for $10.00 off your band fees, would you use it?  What if you could get an even bigger coupon?  Summer is a good time to take advantage of Scrip rebates to earn money toward your band fees.  No selling, just shop like you normally would, and use Scrip cards to pay for your purchases.

Get started now: Set up an account at  Use Enrollment Code 3L5D4B6C3214.  Purchase gift cards at face value and a percentage goes into your students band account.  The percentage depends on the retailer.  You can plan ahead and order physical cards which are great for gifts, or you can set up Presto Pay and order ScripNow e-Cards on the spot.  For even more details on the Scrip rebate program visit our Fundraising Page.   If you have any questions please Contact Us.

How it can add up:

Retailer Purchase Total Rebate Admin Fee 10% to Band Student Account 90%
Target 100.00  2.5% 2.50 .25 2.25
Shell 50.00     2% 1.00 .10 .90
Panera 30.00     9% 2.70 .27 2.43
AMC Theaters 40.00     8% 3.20 .32 2.88
Starbucks 40.00     7% 2.80 .28 2.52
Total 12.20 1.22 10.98