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Donations needed to fund Highlighter and Chamber Choir trip to Europe

Courtesy Photo The South Kitsap High School Highlighters and Chamber Choir are seeking donations for Europe trip. Members of the group are, fron row, Alec Dryden, Aaron Abarquez, Joanna Aquino, Aubrianna Lipp, Drake Stensland, Kali Cook-Saucier, Desiree Lozares, Krista Zuber, Dana Schroath, Katrina Mendoza, Teryn Nicolet, Aaron Williams and Alyssa Spellman; back row, Morgan Hamm, Liam Berntson, Aislynn Wallach, Director Mike Allen, Kiara Midgette, Sarah Bell, Sean Seu and Curtis Keat.  - Courtesy Photo
Courtesy Photo The South Kitsap High School Highlighters and Chamber Choir are seeking donations for Europe trip. Members of the group are, fron row, Alec Dryden, Aaron Abarquez, Joanna Aquino, Aubrianna Lipp, Drake Stensland, Kali Cook-Saucier, Desiree Lozares, Krista Zuber, Dana Schroath, Katrina Mendoza, Teryn Nicolet, Aaron Williams and Alyssa Spellman; back row, Morgan Hamm, Liam Berntson, Aislynn Wallach, Director Mike Allen, Kiara Midgette, Sarah Bell, Sean Seu and Curtis Keat.
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Because of changes in their oversea lodging accommodations, the South Kitsap High School Highlighters and Chamber Choir need of an additional $5,000 for this month’s trip to Europe.

The group will hold a car wash on June 13 from 12-7 p.m. at the A&W on Mile Hill Drive. They will also accept donation to defray the unanticipated cost.

The Highlighters and Chamber Choir are heading to Europe for a performance tour on June 25.

The 15-day tour will extend to Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. The students and parent chaperones have been preparing for this trip for over a year with multiple fundraisers and performances. They are set to perform at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria and at many other community events throughout their tour.

Mike Allen, choir director, said part of the orginal tour’s plan was to stay in homes in Germany. The group had been coordinating with a school contact since last fall and everything seemed to be in place.

Just two weeks ago, the contact person informed Allen that there were almost no families to host our students so we would have to look at other options. The loss of the home stays meant that the group of 37 now had no lodging, no itinerary and no budget remaining for those accommodations.

Allen set out to find lodging but one can imagine that there were few places that could house 37 people on such short notice and the ones he found were too far off the tour route. After much searching, Allen found a hostel in Milan, Italy.

 

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