Members of the New Haven High School Class of 1968 presented the school’s show choir with a check for $500 on Oct. 3.
The class celebrated its 50th reunion in June, and they decided they wanted to do something to give back to the school, alumnus Lloyd Tisher said. They hope the gift will inspire other classes to show their support for the school.
“Just having a reunion is great, but for our 50th, we wanted to do something special for the kids,” he said.
The alumni held a raffle that included handmade quilts, maple syrups and prizes donated by local businesses to raise the money. They then contacted the school’s principal and asked where their gift might make the most impact.
“The principal said the music department always needs money,” Tisher said.
Choir director Adam Moyers was excited when the alumni contacted him. He has been the choir director for five years, and this is the first time he can remember the group getting a check from alumni.
“I love that they’re trying to inspire other alumni to come back and support these kids – not just kids in the show choir but students in other organizations,” he said.
“Show choir is an expensive beast,” Moyer added. The alumni’s gift will help with the group’s considerable expenses including music rights, costumes, backdrops and choreography.