What is Donation Day?
On Donation Day, students in the Milford High School Band and Choral programs go door-to-door to homes in the Milford Exempted Village School District to solicit donations. This method of fundraising has been used by music organizations all over the area, including Sycamore, Lebanon, and Kings.
Donation Day is mandatory for all Marching Band and Color Guard members.
How is this done?
On Donation Day, students report to the High School cafeteria at 9am and sign up in groups of four. Each group teams up with an adult driver who is assigned a route of specific streets in the district. The driver and students then go door-to-door along these routes for 1-2 hours to collect donations.
Band Boosters needs to recruit ~50 adult drivers for Donation Day. These are usually parents of the students in the Band and Choral programs.
What about safety?
Students and drivers are given strict instructions regarding safety, including:
- Students will go to each house in pairs (or a group of 3). No student will go to a house alone.
- Students will NEVER enter a house.
- Students will never be out of the driver’s sight.
- If they feel uneasy about something (e.g. a loud barking dog), students are instructed to skip the house.
What do they say at the doors?
Students will be given a brief script with which to ask for donations for the Band and Choral programs. Students will also have fliers to leave with those who donate and those who are not home. These fliers will provide alternative ways to donate, as well as performance dates for the school year.
Are students expected to participate?
Yes. All students in the High School Band and Choral programs are expected to participate in this event. These groups benefit directly from the funds received.
What should students wear and bring?
Students should wear program-related attire (red band polo, choir or show shirt) and shorts or pants that fit the school dress code. Students should also wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle.
Where and when do they report?
There are separate information meetings for drivers and students before everyone leaves for their routes. All students should report to the High School cafeteria. All drivers should report to the High School choir room. Students and drivers will be given further instructions at that time.
How can parents help?
We need to recruit ~50 drivers for the morning. Please consider helping that day. We will assign all students to their parent driver (unless the parent says otherwise). In cases where two parents have offered to drive the same group, we will make adjustments. Each driver will be provided with a detailed map of the area and streets to cover.