KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville Music Boosters spent a Saturday morning washing cars to raise money for the performing arts and music programs.
Shannen Cahill, Music Boosters president, called the event at Motor Inn of Knoxville an “old fashioned car wash.”
“We did it last year when we were working towards getting new uniforms,” Cahill said. “This is one event the kids said they absolutely loved. It gave them a chance to get to know each other outside of the classroom. They had fun and they enjoyed it.”
Cahill said the Music Boosters want to do fundraisers that children have a good time doing.
Last year’s fund-raising efforts focused on band uniforms, which depleted most of their finances.
“At this point, we really need to restock our finances so we can prepare for more purchases as we get the money available,” Cahill said.
The Music Boosters help purchase instruments for students in kindergarten, elementary and high school classes. Cahill said the arts are the first place to take a hit when finances run low, “because it’s an option not a necessity.”
“We want to encourage the community to help us out with giving our kids a chance to be involved in the arts as much as possible,” Cahill said. “That’s our goal, to help kindergarten all the way up through high school for this event. We love to show these kids how much the community loves them and how much they support their efforts.”
Annie Leonard, Music Boosters vice president, said teachers make requests for equipment they need. She said the club sponsors educational opportunities such as drum major training and scholarships.
“We raise money to keep the arts vibrant in our schools,” Leonard said.
Johanna Leonard an eighth grade, has participated in both car washes. Johanna said it’s a way to get people to support the arts.
“It’s a lot of fun to be with all of your friends and washing cars,” Johanna said. It’s not like a normal thing for kids to do.”