Pride of the Drive Newsletter 9/24/2020

posted Sep 24, 2020, 12:26 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 24, 2020, 12:27 PM ]

Hello Band Families!  Click here: for this week’s Pride of the Drive Newsletter.  It is a short and sweet one this week.

Michelle and Laurie
Athens Drive Band Boosters

2020 Graduate Students & Families - Please Keep In Touch

posted Sep 23, 2020, 12:18 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 23, 2020, 12:18 PM ]

If you are receiving this as a Senior who graduated in 2020 or are a Parent of a Senior who graduated in 2020WE WANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH!  …..we even have ways you can Stay Involved
  • add yourself to our Alumni Email Group 
  • add your information to our Alumni Database 
  • like & follow us on Facebook 
& here’s how to do it:

1. SIGN UP FOR ALUMNI EMAILS - Athens Drive High School Band Alumni Yahoo! Group
This group is focused on keeping in touch with parent and student alumni. Our promise to you as a member of our Alumni Group is that we will NOT bombard your mailboxWe will only use the Alumni Group to invite you to events where we are encouraging alumni participation.
To subscribe to the alumni email list, send a blank email to adhsbandalumni-subscribe@ and then reply to the confirmation email (option 2 in the confirmation email). You do not need to click on the link in the confirmation email. Just press reply and send.
If you have any questions, please contact  yahoogroup@athensdriveband. com

Please consider adding your contact information. Having this information ensures our ability to get in touch with you regarding future alumni related events. To add your information, click below:

3. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK - Athens Drive Band Alumni, Friends & Members
You can also keep up with up to date information, alumni events, concerts, special events and competition results with a simple “Like” of our “Athens Drive Band Alumni, Friends & Members" page on Facebook.

4. STAY INVOLVED (We love having you around!)
  • Done with some of those band related items like marching shoes? Concert dresses? Your starter instrument? BandBay is a great way to directly sell or donate those items to other Athens Band families - the audience most likely to purchase them. Simply scroll to the bottom of the BandBay page to list your band-related items that you no longer need.
  • Alumni are always welcome to pick up a few shifts at our fundraising events - and work for one of your band friends or contribute your earnings to a family in need or to the general fund
  • Did you use Grocery Cards or Scrip to earn money for your band account?  Don’t stop now!  Let your earnings help a friend, the general band fund, or a student in need.
  • Additionally, please continue supporting our Let’s Eat! fundraiser. What better way to meet up with old friends (at social distance, of course!), enjoy a meal (curbside / takeout) AND help out the band?!?
Congratulations on your graduation and best of luck in your future endeavors! We will MISS YOU and would REALLY LOVE to keep in touch! 
Hope to see you when "all things band" are up & running again!

Your Athens Drive Band Alumni Committee,
Jean Burroughs, Lynne Davies-Cutting, Kay Jamison, Kim Lowe & Aleece Spalding

Important Dates for SCRIP orders

posted Sep 14, 2020, 11:30 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 14, 2020, 11:30 AM ]

You can Shop With Scrip to add funds to your band account. Don't needs funds in your account? Consider directing your rebates to another student, the General Fund, or the Scholarship Fund. Contact Martha Harris, Scrip Program Coordinator, at

You Order e-gift cards any time! For physical (plastic) gift cards, see the schedule for group order processing below:

Order Schedule for 2020-2021 School Year

Submit your orders by Midnight on:

October 4, 2020

November 8, 2020 (orders will arrive before Thanksgiving)

December 6, 2020 (orders will arrive before Christmas)

January 3, 2021

February 7, 2021

March 7, 2021

April 4, 2021

May 9, 2021 (order here for graduation gifts!)

June 6, 2021 (order here for summer travel, vacations, and Band Camp preparation!)

August 1, 2021 (order here for back to school shopping!)

If you have any Questions - Visit or contact Martha Harris at

Dewey’s Holiday Store Interest Survey 2020

posted Sep 14, 2020, 5:43 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 14, 2020, 5:43 AM ]

Please take a moment to read this message carefully, as your input is important.  Last year, we asked you to weigh in on a new fundraiser.  The survey participation rate was high, and support for adding this new fundraiser was strong. Thanks to your support, we operated our first Dewey’s Holiday Store in 2019 with great success. 

As a result of Covid-19, this year looks very different.  The band’s biggest fundraisers typically rely on large crowds and events (State Fair Parking, PNC, PARCC, NCFC).  This year, we must rely more heavily on our sales fundraisers to keep the band running and ready for full operation.  While many expenses have been temporarily been put on hold (band camp and show expenses, bus rental and competition fees), other operational expenses like insurance on our semi and upkeep of instruments are incurred regardless of our activities and income sources.  These ongoing expenses are covered by our General Fund, but without our usual fundraisers the General Fund has no source of revenue.

Last year, we shared with you our FUNDRAISING PHILOSOPHY:  The best fundraisers are those which put money in both individual accounts and the general fund.  Keeping a healthy general fund keeps EVERYONE’s expenses lower, and offering fundraisers that help individual accounts allows families to offset their personal expense even more.  We are also tasked with balancing the availability of these fundraisers with time, interest and support for them from band families.  Put simply, it doesn’t matter what potential a fundraiser may have if we don’t have the support to run it.

The Dewey’s Holiday Store provides a great balance of individual account and General Fund revenue and is the most profitable of all our “sales” fundraisers.  It is perhaps our most important fundraiser for this unusual year.  

The attached survey briefly explains how this year’s store would operate and then asks about your family’s level of interest in participating. We need each and every family to participate in the survey EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO INTEREST, so that we may get an accurate reflection of overall interest and ability of our band families to participate.  Please complete only one survey per household.  This information is essential in guiding our operational plans for this year’s store.

Answering this survey DOES NOT commit you to work a certain number of shifts.   However, we will use this information to guide store operation for this year.  This fundraiser relies on a great deal of people power, and the level of support from our families will influence its success. 

Please click here to complete the survey.  We ask that you please complete the survey by Sunday, September 20th.

Thanks so much for your input and opinions and for your continued support of the Athens Drive Band Program!

Dewey’s Committee

Pride of the Drive Newsletter 9/10/2020

posted Sep 10, 2020, 8:52 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 10, 2020, 8:52 AM ]

Hello Band Families!  Please click the link below for this week’s Pride of the Drive Newsletter.  We hope to see you this evening at 6:00 at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve for our first booster meeting of the year!

Michelle & Laurie
Athens Drive Band Boosters

Amazon - Shop Amazon & make money for band!

posted Sep 9, 2020, 9:04 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 9, 2020, 9:04 AM ]

Please remember that you can help the band every time you shop on Amazon. 

We are an Amazon Associate, so the band can earn up to 10% from your purchases & it's so easy! 
From our homepage click the SHOP AMAZON link (top left of page) every time you shop. Friends and family can participate too, so please feel free to share.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Martha Harris - VP Ways And Means 

Athens Drive Band Booster Meeting

posted Sep 8, 2020, 12:00 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 8, 2020, 12:01 PM ]

Just a reminder, we will have a Band Booster Meeting this Thursday, September 10th from 6-7pm at the outdoor classroom at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary.  

Bring a chair and a face covering!  We will be social distancing and taking appropriate precautions.  

If we have heavy rain or thunderstorms late afternoon/early evening, we may need to cancel.  Please keep an eye out for updates.

Hoping for good weather and looking forward to seeing you there! 

Michelle & Laurie
Athens Drive Band Boosters

Pride of the Drive Newsletter 9/3/2020

posted Sep 3, 2020, 12:53 PM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Sep 3, 2020, 12:53 PM ]

Hello band families!  Here is the link for the latest Pride of the Drive Newsletter.  Hope you all have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Michelle & Laurie
Athens Drrive Band Boosters

Scrip Order Information

posted Aug 31, 2020, 7:29 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 31, 2020, 7:29 AM ]

Have you been missing using your favorite gift cards? Need to stock up on gift cards to use as gifts? Maybe you have a large purchase coming up and want to get the absolute most for your money! 

Physical Scrip Card Order
Place your order for physical (plastic) gift cards between now and 12:00 noon (ET) Wednesday, September 2nd and pick your gift cards up at our September 10th Band Booster Meeting! 

Download the RaiseRight app From GooglePlay or the App Store. 

Not sure what Scrip is all about? Visit our page on the band website

Still have questions? Email Martha at  

Sell Coupon Books and Get in the Next Drawing

posted Aug 30, 2020, 5:43 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Aug 31, 2020, 7:31 AM ]

We are 4 weeks into our Coupon Book sale but so far we have only sold 48 books (Only $240 for the band’s general fund.) This week's winner of the drawing is Will Wakeford for 2 passes to Rush Hour Karting  There will be a prize drawing again this week.  Remember for every 3 books sold, their name will be entered in the drawing. The more books they sell the more entries. 

Please try to ramp up your efforts to sell more books!! Create your personal link and share it with your friends, family, neighbors, co workers, club/church members, etc & remember to share on your Social Media too. 

Get started by going to:
Create your personal link by clicking the green start selling button  (& enter your child's name, grade, and Doc's name) 

If you are Alumni and no longer have a student, please contact us directly and we can get you set up with a book and make sure it still benefits the band.

Mobile books are available now and have the benefit of new merchants being added throughout the next year. Paper Books should become available by this weekend.  We can arrange a time for you to collect them. I am planning on Being at the Booster meeting on the 10th and will have the books with me. 

We think these books pretty much sell themselves, all you have to do is spread the word. So spread, spread, spread! 

Please help support our wonderful band program. 
Liz & Georgia

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