About 60 members of the Garden City Park School’s chorus and band showed that support for the arts is not entirely forgotten in this modern fast paced tech dominated world, holding a fundraiser for cultural programs at the Garden City Park King Kullen store on March 2.
Garden City Park School PTA President Noreen Lowey helped organize the fundraiser along with principal Jim Svendson. The children performed while the PTA held raffles for 15 different items with Boars Head and Samuel Adams both contributed items.
“It was nice because the children helped sell the raffles too,” Lowey said.
Principal Jim Svendson emphasized King Kullen’s role, singling out store manager Gene Green.
“This partnership with King Kullen is great,” Svendson noted. “They support community events with the school, support our orchestra, chorus and band.
Green though helped start the partnership with the school as students performed at the location last year as well.
“All they had to bring was the chorus and band and we are good to go,” he said. “The idea just popped into my head.”
With cultural arts often at risk during budget cuts and not holding as high a priority as similar math and science programs, the PTA has taken upon itself trying to preserve the various arts programs.
“The PTA does their best to make up for that,” Svendson said of the cuts.