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January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

I was in the Athens Drive Band Program during high school and helped me get into a good college with the experiences

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I got into N.C. State!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change the management a little

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

better Communication

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

This Foundation has defiantly helped define my high school career, Through the efforts of this foundation our band was able to do everything from marching down main street at Walt Disney world to going to weekly competitions all around the Carolinas. All of the wonderful things that we did, experiences i had and friendships i forged would definitively not be as strong as they were today if it had not been for this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Athens Drive Highschool marching band

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

broadcast the existence of it

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

As a parent of students at Athens Drive High School, I would like to voice my appreciation of the Athens Drive Arts Foundation. They have given support to our band program through monetary means and voluntary man hours. This has allowed our band program to grow in many ways including featuring specialized instructors, providing scholarships for students in need and acquiring new instruments which benefits the whole program. The board members of the Athens Drive Arts Foundation are good a listening to and responding to the needs of our high school band program. Interactions with parents and students are kept positive and goal oriented without wasted overhead costs in time or money. I have been happy to work along side members of the Athens Drive Arts Foundation at a variety of fund raising events and will gladly do so again in the future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our high school band program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase publicity of events.

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

The Athens Drive Arts Foundation has allowed both of my children to participate in an incredible program that has been the highlight of their high school careers. The Arts Foundation provides support to all the band programs which have provides great friends, great programs, great opportunities and the activities that have become their high school memories. Between two children, they have been involved in 20 different band programs at Athens High School. The Arts Foundation supports each one of these programs and affords our children once in a life time opportunities. My son's favorite opportunity was the trip to Indianapolis when Athens participated in the Bands of Americas National concert. My daughter's favorite memory is her friends. All of her high school best friends and the friends she has kept in touch with since going to college are 100% from the band program. It attracts great kids, and gives them a productive high school program that challenges them and allows them to become better people. ADAF supports all of these programs and takes them to the next level of opportunities and resources that in turn positively impacts every child involved!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having two children who are happy, productive young adults who have great friends, great grades and wonderful high school experiences that has already resulted in helping both children get into the University of their choice to further their educational and life goals.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them with huge fund raising events that would provide large returns as they have to do many smaller programs that are additional time and work for a board who is already very busy with so many activities.

January 29, 2011

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January 29, 2011

The Athens Drive Arts Foundation has been a critical source of support for all the arts programs at Athens Drive High School. The tireless efforts of these volunteers have provided many new instruments to children and families who could not otherwise participate in learning music. They also provide scholarships to the marching band so that the director can include students whose families could not afford to have their children participate. I have volunteered in many capacities for ADAF from sitting on the board of directors for two years to grilling chicken for the annual Mother's Day picnic. In a variety of ways, ADAF has worked with the community and businesses in the vicinity of the school to raise money to support the woefully underfunded performing arts at the high school. What they need are more volunteers and sponsors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The best result I have seen is watching children increase in confidence and learn team building and leadership skills through activities like the marching band that would have been denied to them because of lack of funds.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of volunteers.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Try to get more people to help.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I met and made many new friends through this organization.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

Athens Drive Arts Foundation (ADAF) has been a tremendous asset to the music program at Athens Drive High School. ADAF has supported and enhanced the band program by providing more instructors and instruments and distributing scholarships to needy students. The fundraisers have given parents and alumni a chance to reconnect with current members and contribute toward the ongoing success.

It was our pleasure as a family to be involved with the band at ADHS for seven years. My children were given leadership opportunities that played a key role in their character development during high school. The great thing about the band program is that the students aren't just taught to be excellent musicians; they are also shown how to be people of character and compassion.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the numerous concerts, competitions, festivals, and football games my children participated in during their high school years. Even though my son and daughter graduated in 2005 and 2008, I stil keep up with the band emails and attend events whenver possible. It's exciting to see how this excellent program continues to grow and flourish!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see more corporate involvement and financial support.

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I was involved with the Athens Drive Arts Foundation as a board member for 4 years. Over this time, we held several fundraisers to benefit the Musical Arts at Athens Drive HS, and saw firsthand the results of our work!
The professional extra instruction, scholarship money, equipment,
instruments, and more boosted the abilities of the ADHS band program
to be the outstanding program it is.
With 2 children involved in playing instruments for over 6 years; I was able to see them enjoy the benefits of being involved in such an outstanding program! I can truly say it was the best choice for them throughout their high school experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My children and all of the others in the music program were able to have opportunities available to them that otherwise would not be financially possible.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see the ADAF be able to expand more into the community.

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

This is the best organization I know of. If it wasn't for this organization I am not sure where my son would have ended up. Meaning what group he would have hung out with. The good, bad or the ugly I so to speak. b
This organization is the best of the best. The kids really care for each
other and look out for each other. The instructor really promotes the kids. It's all about the kids not the instructor. This program needs to strive as long as possible and needs as much help financially as possible. The parents provide and give as much as they can and any donations are greatly appreciated. The students in this program are so advanced and are playing with the best of the best. All American Marching Band and the NC Symphony to name a couple. Fantastic program

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my son grow as a leader.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do absolutely nothing. great program as it is.

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

This is really a great organization! The care and love the parents in the organization, the staff of the band program give to these kids when the school funds absolutely no part of this extracurricular activity is something to experience first hand. And with the Athens Drive Arts Foundation grants, the program ensures kids in financial need have a way to participate and stay involved.

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This was a very positive experience for both of our kids who were involved in the band program at Athens Drive. Bryan became a real leader in the program in his Senior year and we saw him grow substantially. We believed that experience could not have happened without the support and generous donations of the Athens parents and the Athens Drive Arts Foundation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask more people in the community to get involved.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

My kids involvement, but now that they have graduated, we still find ourselves involved as a donor.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 8, 2011

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January 8, 2011

The Athens Drive High School Music Program is simply the most impressive organization that I have ever been involved with. Athens Drive High School is a public High School whose Music Program currently supports an acclaimed Marching Band, a nationally recognized Wind Ensemble, the Drum Line, the Symphonic Band, the Concert Band, the Color Guard, the Jazz Band, Winter Percussion, and the Winter Guard.



The students are able to create music that is absolutely beautiful. The experience of being in the ADHS Music Program is something that these High School students will treasure for the rest of their lives… most people will never have the opportunity to be a part of something truly great; but these kids are able to flourish and thrive in the ADHS Music Program for four years.



If you have ever wondered what it looks like when someone is in the perfect fit for their job; look no further than the ADSH Band Director, Dr. Jerry (Doc) Markoch. Doc is able to make a positive and indelible impact on these kids’ lives through the Music Program.



I am very happy that my children have the opportunity to be a part of an organization like the ADHS Music Program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced the results of the ADHS Music Program for the last two years.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I was able to make changes to this organization, I would create significant fund raising infrastructure that would ease the annual financial burden on the students' families and increase the opportunities for students with limited financial resources.

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