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Sales begin at booster tree lot

Funds raised support Placer music program
By: Kristine Guerra Journal Correspondent
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This holiday season, trees can be bought not just for decorations but also for a cause. Placer High School Music Boosters, a nonprofit organization, opened its annual holiday tree lot on Friday to raise funds to support the school’s music program. “The Music Boosters supplement what the music department at the high school gets through the school,” said Daniella Zimmerman, fundraising chair for the group. “We help them raise money for uniforms, instrument replacements and repairs, and purchasing music.” Proceeds from the sales are also used to help pay for the choir accompanist, drumline coach, scholarships for graduating seniors, contest entry fees and transportation costs. The tree lot is located at the Placer High School parking lot on the corner of Orange and Finley streets and will be open for tree buyers until Dec. 13. The lot is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays. The selection includes Noble firs, Frasier firs, Douglas firs and Silvertip, most of which were delivered from Oregon, Zimmerman said. Tree prices range from $20 to $135, and wreaths are available for $25. Eric Egli, president of PHS Music Boosters, said the annual fundraiser raised about $4,400 last year after all the expenses were deducted. “We’d like to match last year, but we’re budgeting to get at least $4,000 (this year),” Egli said. Students and parents volunteer to work three-hour shifts during the sale. Brothers and band members Jordan and Jackson Klopp, together with their parents, Jeff and Sharla Klopp, volunteered on Friday during the opening of the tree lot. “We help out customers get their trees into their cars,” said Jordan Klopp, freshman and saxophone player for the Placer High School band. Jeff Klopp said the fundraiser needs to raise money for more uniforms this year. “Uniforms are a big deal with about 30 new kids this year,” Jeff Klopp said. Egli said one full band uniform costs about $600. Currently, the band has 85 members and the choir has about 50 members. Egli said they’re hoping to match or exceed last year’s funds because the school has more band members this year than last year and would have more than 100 members next year. “Last year, we did pretty well (despite the economy), so we’re still hopeful,” Egli said. “We ordered a few more trees than last year because we did sell out last year.” The annual holiday tree lot is one of two of PHS Music Boosters’ major fundraisers to support the school’s music program. It also receives donations from individuals and organizations, Zimmerman said.