Drumming up interest in 5K fundraiser

WEST POINT – The West Point High School Band Boosters is drumming up interest in its first 5K 4 Music on Saturday, May 3.

The 5K 4 Music will begin in the high school parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and end in West Point Town Square.

"There will be music throughout the course and a finish line celebration featuring live music, food and fun," said WPHS music teacher Mitchell Reed.

Check-in will take place in the high school auditorium entrance at 1040 Thompson Avenue in West Point, and transportation will take participants back to the school following the race.

"It is my goal for the 5K 4 Music to become an annual event for the Town of West Point and the surrounding communities," said Reed.

Registration fees are:

oEarly registration (by April 5): Adults - $25 and WPPS students - $20

oLate registration (including day of event): Adults - $35 and WPPS students - $30.

5K registration includes race participation, a t-shirt, and goodie bags.

The first place overall male and female runners will be awarded trophies, and the top runner in all age groups will be awarded a medal.

To register for the "5K 4 Music," please visit: http://www.wpschools.net and click the link "Register for the Music Boosters 5K Run/Walk."

The band boosters is still looking for business sponsors for the event.

Interested sponsors should contact: WPmusic5K@gmail.com.

According to Reed, the event will put funds directly into the schools' music programs.

"Each year, there is a need for new instruments, instrument repairs, new uniforms and uniform cleanings," said Reed.

Boosters also pay for competition fees for the marching and concert bands, chorus, and elementary school chorus (Melody Makers), he added.

"Funds raised from the 5K will make these opportunities possible for next year's music students," Reed said.

According to Reed, over 200 students in grades 6-12 are enrolled in music courses, and the elementary school students participate in music activities each week.

"Music provides an outlet for students to be creative, yet disciplined, and accomplish feats beyond what they thought was possible," he said. "The music students at WPHS tend to be great friends who push each other to be good students and citizens."

Reed added that schools with music programs have a 20 percent higher graduation rate than those without music programs and that on average, music students score higher on both the verbal and math portions of the SAT.

"Music has shown to impact [our] students in their core subjects," said Reed.

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.