Fundraising – Building the Music/Arts Program!


Arriving to ICRPS in January, I was raring to go.  I wanted to provide students of ICRPS with the best possible music program that I could.  Unfortunately, there was very little in regards to music equipment/instruments to offer rich learning opportunities and experiences.  As such, we have set a fundraising goal of $11,220.47.  Reaching this goal would enable us to purchase enough ukuleles for our four intermediate classrooms, music stands, Ukulele in the Classroom student books, and music theory books, to begin an ICRPS ukulele music program!

How far have we reached?

  • Running the hotdog sales for May and June (seven weeks), we have raised approximately $1500 (exact totals soon).
  • We have recently received a donation of $500 from Entegrus Inc.
  • Thanks to Mrs. Sparling, we have also received $2272 from S’cool Life Fund.
  • In May, we received a conditional donation from Ridge Landfill Community Trust.  When we have met $8415.35 of our fundraising goal, a donation of $2805.12 will be granted to ICRPS!

This means that we have approximately $4200 left to raise, before meeting our goal!  We have recently applied for grants/donations from Walmart, and Chatham-Kent Community Fund/South-Kent Wind, and have been in contact with the Sunrise Rotary Club of Chatham.  Keep your fingers crossed that they will consider supporting us in this fundraising effort.  If anyone has any further ideas to help us attain our goal, please feel free to contact me through the Teacher Contact section of this website.


I have been in contact with Ben Hassenger of the Ukulele Kings.  I have been lucky enough to get to know Ben through attending two ukulele workshops in Wallaceburg (with the Ukulele Kings), and attending the three day Mighty Uke Day workshops in Lansing Michigan this past May.

Ben works as a music facilitator with Special Education children, teaches ukulele to students and teachers in Michigan school systems, seniors at Prime Time in East Lansing, as well as group and individual ukulele lessons at Elderly Instruments, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Michigan State University’s Community Music School. He plays guitar and ukulele in the bands Blue Jello and The Ukulele Kings and is the co-founder of the Lansing (MI) Area Ukulele Group and the organizer of the Mighty Uke Day festival, Interlochen’s Uketoberfest, and the Midwest Uke Camp in Olivet. He is also a prolific songwriter, with two of his songs about the Detroit Tigers enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.  Ben’s a fun and involving performer with a variety of original songs about dogs, food, love, Michigan, and the other important things in life.

Now the news…, I got thinking of how exciting it would be to have the Ukulele Kings come to ICRPS to do a workshop with our intermediate students, and then host an open concert for all of our ICRPS family and friends, in an effort to raise funds, and reach our goal, so that we could continue to purchase ukuleles for a program here at ICRPS.  Speaking with Ben, he was more than ecstatic about the idea, but knew that the cost for the Ukulele Kings to come to ICRPS would likely be a deterrent, as we were attempting to raise funds (not spend them).  He had offered to come himself to reduce the cost, and was willing to talk further about other possibilities.  Speaking with Brent DeNure, owner of Affinity Jewelers and Ten-Seven Cafe and Lounge, we have been made a fantastic offer.  An advocate of music education himself, Brent has offered that Ten-Seven Cafe and Lounge sponsor the cost of the Ukulele Kings to come to ICRPS for the workshop, and has offered the Lounge to host the concert!  We are now all in the midst of discussing dates, etc.  Please stay tuned for more information about this amazing event!  All donations at the concert will go to fulfilling our goal and providing a rich music experience for our students here at ICRPS.



Many, many thanks to our volunteers who came out Fridays in May and June of 2019, to help with hotdog preparations, sales, and clean up: Bendon Dittmer, Blair Klonteig, Gary Louzon, Melanie McKellar, Melissa Smids, Tena Verkaik.  Your efforts helped in raising approximately $1500!

A very large thank you to Ridge Landfill, for their conditional donation of $2805.12 (that we will receive when we have raised $8515.35).  We are almost there!


A tremendous thank-you to Entegrus Inc. CEO/President Jim Hogan, for the $500 donation to our music department to purchase ukuleles/instruments that will provide a richer learning experience for our ICRPS students!


CC-ScoolA very large thank you to Mrs. Sparling and her efforts in applying for a grant from S’cool Life Fund.   We are extremely thankful for the $2272 donation received to enrich our students school music experience.