KPHS Band students were overwhelmed with the generous donation from Walmart.

Hurricane Harvey affected many students and families across several area school campuses. Many programs and after-school activities were impacted as the waters rose higher and higher. This made it increasingly more difficult than past years to raise funds and allow any student to join in and participate.

As a result, Walmart stepped in with a reward in the form of a $1,000 donation to help the Kingwood Park High School Band program. This generous amount will be used to enrich several aspects of this student program, such as halftime programs, travel expenses, competition costs, equipment and rewards.

“Donations from local individuals, parents and local businesses allow us to keep our costs to the students as low as possible. Therefore, the program can be affordable to any student interested in participating,” said parent Rachel Enriquez.

Raising money for such a large-scale program is difficult each and every year. There are competing programs both on this high school campus and other campuses around town, as well as at the regional, district and state levels.

That said, when businesses like this step up to help in such a big way, it really makes a difference to the students and what we can be offered to them as a whole. These monies will truly enrich the lives of many students.

Hurricane Harvey further complicated the fundraising efforts of this program by taking away their ability to raise money from concession sales at sporting events. This disastrous event also affected the pocketbooks and homes of the community, therefore leaving families without the means or resources to contribute. Several businesses were left focusing their efforts on merely trying to open their doors back to the general public to become profitable.

“Donations like this and more would not have been made possible if it were not for individuals giving their time and service towards the program. Several of these key individuals include (but are not limited to) the following: Robbie Sitka, band director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Danielle Emerick, assistant band director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Meagan Young, color guard director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.),” said Enriquez.

Regardless of the size of this school or the outside challenges presented, this program will continue to raise money during concession sales at football games and other recurring activities. Like many others, they will persevere and be even stronger than in the past, she said.

The program held its first annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Feb. 10 to further raise funds. At the event, the band hosted several activities: food, games, music, a silent auction, cake walk and other live entertainment.

Just like in all activities and efforts put on by this group, local support and donation is always appreciated. If interested in assisting this program and the efforts of the band director and staff, contact the school office for current details. Visit humbleisd.net/kphs, come to the office in person at 4015 Woodland Hills Dr., or call 281-641-6600.

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