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July 8, 2014

Music trip has eye on cool cash — The brainstorming for fundraising ideas has already begun as a Pauls Valley student hopes to raise enough money for the trip of a lifetime. A number of ventures coming later are meant to help Anna Parker, a junior next year at Pauls Valley High School. Parker, her family and supporters have begun the work of raising enough for Parker to take part in a band trip to Europe next summer.

When school is in session Parker is a PV student who plays the flute for the Panther band. Her mom, Diane Parker, is right in the middle of the fundraising effort.

“This is a once in a lifetime thing for her,” Parker said about her teenage daughter. “How many adults get the chance to go on a tour of Europe, much less a 17-year-old kid. “It’s really two-fold,” she said about the tour. “It gives the kids an educational trip and a chance to perform free concerts in Europe.”

It was a couple of years ago when then PV student Emily Watson was chosen to participate in a similar music tour. Now it’s Anna Parker’s turn as she’s been invited

to participate in a European tour planned for most of June 2015.

Organized by Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music, the tour set for June 4-21 next year will go to several European countries, including England, France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. This particular tour is for band and chorus students who attend high schools in Oklahoma. The real catch is for students to raise enough money to be a part of the tour.

The price tag for the trip alone is just over $ 5 , 7 0 0 . With other costs added the total needed is in the range of $6,600.

“So far we’ve done face to face with merchants,” Parker’s mom said. “We’re looking at other avenues for the fundraiser, maybe doing something at the Peach Festival (in Stratford) or car washes later on.”

One fundraiser that didn’t fall into place was the group working the snow cone stand at the local July 4th celebration in exchange for the proceeds. Along with the fundraisers, donations can also be given to a special account set up for the PV teen at First United Bank located at the corner of Ash and Grant streets. As for mom, Diane Parker has taught the last five years at nearby Elmore City-Pernell Elementary. She formerly worked at Jackson Elementary here in PV.

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