SBHS parent volunteers load trucks and trailers with Christmas trees for the annual music department fundraiser. 

Calling All Christmas Trees

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Thursday January 05, 2017

Whether rain, snow, wind, or bone-chilling cold, nothing will stop the South Burlington High School (SBHS) band students and parents from completing their mission to recycle as many Christmas trees as possible. These volunteers will hit the streets of South Burlington Saturday, January 7, ready to begin their annual Christmas Tree Pick-Up. This community fundraiser has been run by the SBHS Instrumental Music Department for the past 10 years. Band Director Christina Toner along with student and parent volunteers have earned over $30,000 for the department via this fundraiser. Proceeds are used to support student musicians through scholarships for private lessons and music trips, as well as for the purchase of school instruments, including a tuba, marimba, and French horn.

Community members are invited to leave their Christmas tree, minus all decorations, out by their curb or at the entrance of their condo or apartment complex, by 10 a.m. Saturday, January 7. Those interested in the SBHS Christmas Tree Pick-Up should attach to the tree an envelope with a ten-dollar check, payable to SBHS Music. Throughout the day, SBHS volunteers will drive through the streets of South Burlington, picking up the trees. The trees are then taken to the McNeil Generating plant at the Intervale, where they are chipped.

Over the years, the Christmas Tree Pick-Up has not only helped recycle thousands of trees and raised money to support student musicians, it has also created a sense of community for the SBHS music department. According to the fundraiser’s organizers, volunteers often find in the envelopes attached to the trees extra donations and notes of encouragement and support for the music program.

For more information, call Kathie at 802-373-4619 or Christina at 802-373-6937.