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Walton Chorus Donates Four Boxes of Clothing, School Supplies, Toys, and Books to Kids in Rurii, Kenya

A big thank you to our students and parents for so generously supporting kids in Rurii, Kenya. We filled four boxes of clothing, school supplies, toys, and books. You also donated the funds to ship them to Kenya! Because of your efforts, hundreds of children and teenagers will be able to learn.

We are always proud of our students as musicians and as leaders, and we are especially proud to see them growing into young people who will change the world for the better.

Mr. Karuga was so moved by your generosity. Following is a video of Mr. Karuga thanking the students.

Dr. Williams and Mrs. Allyn

Service Opportunity for all Chorus Families and Friends

UPDATE 10/26/2019 – Walton Chorus donates four boxes of clothing, school suplies, toys, and books to kids in Rurii, Kenya.

We have an incredible service opportunity to share with you. Our wonderful afternoon custodian, Anthony, is from a small village in Kenya called Rurii. Rurii is a very impoverished village. They do not have the money for many basic things. Most students walk barefoot to school, which is about 6 miles away. Their school is quite small and in poor condition. Some students have class outside with no shelter or overhang. Other students are lucky to have some sort of shelter, but it’s inadequate. The lucky ones have a library with a few books shared by many. They cannot afford to buy school staples like pencils, pens, erasers, chalk, books, etc… Many do not have adequate clothing. Please take a moment to view the photos at the bottom of this page or you can view the photos online.

Last year, Anthony won the yearly lottery and got his green card. Since coming to the United States in October 2018, Anthony has worked to collect these items to send back to his village. So far, he has sent six 24x24x27 boxes filled with supplies. To send boxes of such size costs about $250.00 per box, which Anthony has paid using his own money.

When approached by Anthony to see if we could do anything to help, Dr. Williams, Mrs. Allyn and the student officers jumped at the opportunity, but we need your help. Please consider donating the following used or new items or donating money to cover the shipping costs:

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Pens
  • Chalk
  • Rulers
  • Books
  • Backpacks
  • Shoes
  • Clothes — t-shirts, jackets, etc…
  • Toys

We will have boxes in the chorus room starting this today for all donated items. Money to use for shipping (cash or check made payable to Walton Choral Boosters) can be brought to school any day of next week and put in the Treasurer’s box. There will also be an opportunity to donate money at our Fall Concert on Monday, October 21st.

We firmly believe that being generous is one of life’s greatest joys. Please, would you consider joining us in our efforts to support Anthony and the children in his village? What a gift to be able to help others in need.

Thank you for your consideration,

Natalie W., Chorus President, Student Officers, Dr. Williams and Mrs. Allyn

Wondering about Lettering?

Whether you are new to Walton Chorus or not, there are always questions about Lettering – what do I have to do, how many points do I need, how do I get points recorded, and more. Here are some of the details you may be wondering about lettering.

All chorus members may qualify to Letter by using a merit point system.

To qualify for a letter award, a choral student must:

  • Sing in all concerts, extra rehearsals, and the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation.
  • Exhibit exemplary behavior and attitude.
  • Earn 100 letter points – 45 of these points must be earned through fundraising.

All requests for points must be turned in by April 3, 2020.  Lettering points will not be accepted after this date.

For more details, look for item 10 – Lettering – on the Forms page at waltonchorus.com.

Tour Choir Rehearsals Every WEB from 1:15 – 2:15 PM

Note: The original time was incorrectly posted as 1:50 to 2:15. The correct time is 1:15 to 2:15.

Tour Choir rehearsals for the France 2020 trip begin Wednesday, 8/14 and continue each WEB from 1:15 – 2:15 pm. If you have mandatory labs, etc. from other academic teachers, please let the directors know and plan to get information from a friend.

It is already time to think about roommates and chaperone groups. Parents: if you plan to room with your child, will you let the directors know as soon as possible?

We are excited to begin this journey!