Spring Trip/Fundraising

Spring Trip  
Information will be posted at the start of the school year regarding the spring trip location, itinerary, costs, and fundraisers. Below you will find information pertaining to the trip's eligibility requirements. You can also read through the AAHS Drama Handbook (on the left) for more information.
Fair Share - $50 Due by November 1
Each member of the AASD Fine Arts Department is responsible for a yearly fair share of $50 to be paid to the AASD Fine Arts Boosters.
Money from the fair share is used in the department to buy music, folders, music awards, celebrations, equipment, instruments, concert costs, show materials, lumber, paint, fabric, department T-Shirts, decorations, etc.
This fair share is SEPARATE from the trip participation fee. By paying the fair share, students receive a t-shirt, free tickets to our shows, and the option to participate in any of the several field trips typically offered during the school year (some for an additional fee to cover transportation, tickets, food, lodging, etc.)
  1. Students in multiple groups within the AASD Fine Arts Department will only pay the fair share one time each year. 
  2. The fair share is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  3. Deadline for payment is November 1st.

Mansion Park Concession Stand Requirement
Each student in the AASD Fine Arts Department is responsible for having someone represent him/her in the Mansion Park concession stands for at least one event during the school year. This is the Fine Arts Booster’s biggest fundraiser and running the stands is necessary to continue offering the fine arts programs you have come to expect at the AASD.
  1. Any person 16 or older can represent the student in the concession stand: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or the student him/herself. Clearances are not required.

  2. All eligible Mansion Park events are listed on the CHARMS website: signing up for anyone will fulfill the requirement (sign-ups are first come, first serve).

    **For quick sign-up, follow the CHARMS login instructions and enter the school code: Altoonamusic (no space). Leave the student code blank and scroll down to the calendar. The dates needed for signups will be there. Workers will input both their name and the student's name so that the student gets the credit.

  3. If this requirement is not met, the student will not be eligible to attend the end-of-year banquet celebration.

Charms Website
(School code: AltoonaMusic)
Many of the drama parents are aware of how the Fine Arts Boosters operates because they have already had children involved with the music department.
For those of you who are new to this, it is very important that you get set up with a Charms account. This website is the primary method for how the Fine Arts Boosters communicate news, fundraisers, volunteer sign-ups, etc. in addition to helping you keep track of your fair share and trip account balance.
I have created a document to hopefully answer any questions you may have about the website. It can be found on the left-hand side of the page under "Important Forms." Students received login information at school.
If you have questions email Mr. Cossitor at [email protected]

We will be adopting the FAB's policies for selecting chaperones. Parents are selected based on how many hours they put into volunteering to assist the Fine Arts Department and working the Mansion Park Concession stands (the chief source of fundraising for the Fine Arts Dept). Parents with the most hours will be the first considered. Chaperones DO NOT PAY to attend the trip, but they are expected to assist and supervise in any way needed while on the trip.
If this is something that interests you, the good news is that helping with the drama club's work days for our show sets/costumes/props WILL count as volunteer hours. We will also count the hours spent helping to sell tickets/other fundraisers before our shows.
Fill out the parent interest form to the left (under "Important Forms") and be on the lookout on CHARMS for when we need some help. 

FAB plans several fundraisers over the course of the year to help students pay for their fair share and trip fees. You will see information about upcoming ones come out at the Drama Club meetings, on BAND, and through the Charms website. We will also still be offering our annual program ad fundraiser.
You can find more information at the "Program Ads" link on the left side of the page. Another year-round fundraiser, the Scrip program, has also been included for your reference. Lastly, the Mansion Park Concession Stands (in addition to earning you volunteer hours) also earn you $3 per hour towards your student's trip fee/fair share. You may sign up through Charms. 

ADA Website Compliance

If you experience any accessibility or reading difficulties, please see the ADA Website Compliance procedure.
Important Forms
All should be mailed to the AASD FAB at PO Box 150 Altoona, PA 16603
Check CHARMS and BAND for available fundraisers- there will typically be at least one per month.
Program Ads