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January 27, 2014

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January 27, 2014

The Athens Drive Arts Foundation is a quality organization that does significant work to support the arts at Athens Drive High School. With the school district not paying for instruments, uniforms, travel, or even more than one teacher for 180 students, the arts foundation is crucial for the development of a high quality music program at Athens. My 3 children have benefitted immensely from the band program and have grown tremendously in their musical education and leadership skills.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it known to a wider audience!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 3, 2011

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February 3, 2011

The Athens Drive Arts Foundation has been instrumental in helping the Athens Drive High School Band Program acquire the necessary funds to make numerous dreams and aspirations of many young musicians become a reality. Through grants received from ADAF these musicians have traveled to Indianapolis twice in two years to perform among the best of the best! These trips were truly one-of-a-kind experiences which seldom occur in most peoples lifetime.

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Watching the impossible become possible for many students over the years.

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

make sure more media exposure is given to this incredible organization.

February 1, 2011

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February 1, 2011

The Athens Drive Arts Foundation helps support the Arts at our high school, and especially the Band program. The Band program at Athens, directed by Dr. Jerry Markoch, is a fabulous program. The students who participate in the Band program are not just taught music, they learn life skills which will help them succeed in life. They learn to be part of a community, they learn to be leaders, and they are inspired to always do and be their best. All of the students benefit from this positive atmosphere, and they realize that together they are able to achieve something beautiful, which they could never have been able to do alone.

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I am extremely grateful for the positive impact the band program at Athens has had on my daughter. Through hard work, respect and dedication she has realized her dreams and will continue to follow these principles throughout her life.

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I would encourage others to join and support this wonderful program.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

Very high quality musical education program. Runs with very little support from the public school system but is successful due to the participation of highly motivated students and their families. An inspiration to all as to what can be accomplished at the high school musical performance level. The program's core revolves not only around musical excellence but also teaches the values of self discipline, respect, and responsibility.

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Witnessed the growth of individuals performance lever and the program as a whole. Program strives to raise the bar of the playing level and musical complexity rather than resting on its laurels.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to tap the community for funding and arts grants by involving the students as much as the parents.

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

Having had two sons that participated in band at Athens Drive High School and also being a parent volunteer, I saw firsthand the immensely positive impact of the Athens Drive Arts Foundation in supporting students participating in the band program. Examples of the foundation financial support are many such as the purchase of music and instruments, bringing in clinicians who were experts in the various instruments for additional instruction, and funds for travel allowing the students to represent their school in performances both in and outside the state. The commitment of the foundation in providing funding for valuable educational opportunities and the continued growth of the band program contributed toward an extraordinary high school experience. The band program at Athens Drive HS is recognized for excellence and for the engagement and excitement of the students in participating in the various ensembles. I am tremendously thankful for the involvement of each of my sons for their entire four years of high school in the exemplary band program at Athens Drive HS.

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

the wonderful opportunities and valuable life lessons that my sons experienced by participating in the band program. Not only did the program develop their musical skills which they carried on to college activities, but also gave them leadership experiences.

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

try to further develop a mechanism to obtain more corporate grants and donations.

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

The Athens Drive Arts Foundation is an outstanding organization that is the driving force behind a phenomenal youth music program. Without the support of the Foundation, grants for students for instruction, music, equipment and travel would simply not be possible. The Foundation allows students who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in the opportunity to excel.

The Athens Drive Band is not just a group of 135 enthusiastic, talented students performing at football games, community events, and competitions. Rather, it functions as an extended family for students and their families. My son wakes up every day enthusiastic about school because his experience as a band member has been so positive--on so many levels.

My son is a type one diabetic, and his health requires careful monitoring. Under the watchful eye of Band Director Jerry Markoch and the parents who volunteer to chaperone the many practices, community events, and competitions, we are completely confident that he is in good hands at all times.

My son has flourished musically, and we have seen him grow as a person as a result of joining this wonderful music program. Every interested student should have the opportunity to enjoy the incredible musical training as well as the team spirit and camaraderie that defines the Athens Drive High School Band.

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

Watching how it has changed my son's life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find additional resources to enable the Foundation to extend opportunities to even more students!

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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

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

I have met an entirely new group of friends--who are more like family. I have learned about the commitment and team work required of students who participate in the band program. And I have experienced first hand the dedication of the Band's Director, whose enthusiasm is simply inspiring.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

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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

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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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.

More feedback...

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

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