Duncanville High School’s band members are doing more than tooting their own horns for the start of the school year. During summer band camp, they collected thousands of school supplies for students at the district’s nine elementary schools.
Assistant Band Director Mark Teal said the ‘BANDing Together for Success’ program, in its inaugural year, had two goals: teach students the value of giving back and give students and teachers at the other schools a good start to the year.
“We have 400 kids in band,” Teal said. “I just thought, what an impact we can make on our elementary schools.”
The service project was set up as a competition between classes. Seniors collected the most supplies with 1,741 and will receive a pizza dinner as a reward. As a group, the band gathered more than 4,000 boxes of crayons, notebooks pencils and other items for the younger students.
“We all just wanted to help out and make sure they have the supplies they need,” said junior Brea Knight.
The band students say it is especially rewarding that they’re supporting students from their former elementary schools.
“I’m seeing this as something we can do every year,” said senior Malik Thomas. “We definitely want to have something to give back to our community.