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Yorktown High School Band's Holiday Citrus Sale A Big Success

The Yorktown High School Band raised more than $26,000 during its annual citrus sales to help fund their trips to competitions and festivals.
The Yorktown High School Band raised more than $26,000 during its annual citrus sales to help fund their trips to competitions and festivals. Photo Credit: Yorktown High School Band

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Yorktown High School Band and Orchestra program, which includes about 200 members, sold 1,618 boxes of fruit during its annual Citrus Sale fundraiser throughout the holiday season.

The students pre-sold 20-pound and 40-pound boxes of oranges and grapefruit, in all $50,000 of fruit was sold, earning $26,000 in profit for the music students.

Just before the holiday break the fruit was delivered, less than 24 hours after being picked from the citrus grove in Florida.

Funds are used each year to help students defray their participation costs in regional music festivals and other music activities.

"Our citrus sale is a fun project that benefits every student in our program,"  said Emily Kluga and Nancy Torrente, Yorktown Band and Orchestra teachers. "Citrus is healthy, the product is fresh, and the students really enjoy working together to make our sale a success. We are always so proud of our students hard work in the music classroom, on the concert stage, in the community, and toward maintaining these types of traditions. Unloading that 18 wheeler full of citrus is a novel social event that the students look forward to," .

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