Parents, students and community volunteers recently spent weeks cleaning out the Galt High School music building.
"It was an embarrassment ... that was neglected, and needed intensive cleaning and reorganization," Sy Miyasato, president of the Galt-Liberty Unified Ensemble Music Booster Club, said in an email.
He said he personally was in the building at 7:30 a.m. and sometimes as late as 12:30 a.m.
The group, commonly known as GLUE, was renamed last year to unite fundraising efforts for both Galt High School and Liberty Ranch High School, the district's newest campus.
The effort to clean up coincides with the school's centennial, and included organizing music instruments and trophies dating back almost 70 years, according to Galt High Interim Principal Maria Orr.
"This summer cleaning also gave us an opportunity to look at the instruments in our band program and make any necessary repairs before the start of the new (school) year," she said. "This is an example of the collaboration between students, parents and our community to build on our music program in the district."
Through fundraisers, prior to the start of this year the organization was able to pay off a $3,000 in debt incurred for transportation by the department, Miyasato said.
"We have continued to manage our funds and continue to stay on top of our expenses," he said.
GLUE now has a new direction — not just survival, but improvement and growth, according to Miyasato.
In addition to cleaning up the music building, group members tapped into raising money through recent Fourth of July fireworks sales and turning their attention to helping hire a new music teacher. Elizabeth Pellegrini recently resigned.
Booster club members are now in the process of scheduling interviews with applicants for the music director position, Miyasato said.
"We are hoping that we will be able to find a candidate that is willing to put the time and effort to match those of the families and students, who have continuously worked to save these programs but also grow it," he said.
Since the name change in 2010, booster club members who meet monthly have grown an average of eight to 20 or more this year.
They have held a number of fundraisers including a horseshoe competition and concerts where donations were requested as admission.
Orr said the school is delighted to have the organization as a partner.
"We deeply appreciate the hard work and dedication on behalf of our GLUE Music Boosters to support our students," she said.
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