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      The Parkside Neon Festival (scheduled to take place on May 21st, 2005!) is a program developed by Slipped Disc Productions and brought to you by Parkside Middle School of Jackson, Mi.
This after-school program will teach students how to organize and actually produce a day-long music festival. The preparation arrangements and actual execution of such a large scale event requires a great deal of planning. Every Monday afternoon from 3:30 to 5pm, students involved in this Neon after-school program volunteer their time in this hands-on learning experience. There is a lot that goes into such a project and many skills are developed. The group will have to divide into various committees. The class will have to find sponsors and sell advertising space to raise funding to cover the cost of the bands as well as other expences. They'll have to decide which bands they will be able to afford. They may have to go before the City Council to ask permission to hold such an event. Advertizing, T-shirt designing and sales, the creation of the program booklet: are just some of the many aspects which must be considered and implemented. As I've stated above, there are many skills required in a project of this size, but in the end, it's a very good feeling when it all comes together successfully.


below:   Here's the class that we started with. We lost some along the way but those that stuck with the program did a magnificent job.

Neon group photo


April 16th Carwash
We held a carwash on April 16th to raise money for the proposed festival. The weather was grand and we washed about 50 to 60 cars. It was hard work. Only about half of the students who agreed to help actually showed up, so the ones who did show up had to work harder than they should have. So kudos to John, Caroline, Brandon, Rahman, Kari & Ashley (hope I got your names right. Their labors raised $211.75. Together with the $12 that Caroline raised going door-to-door, that brings our total to $223.75! We've still got a ways to go. (Rahman said that he's has raised 35 dollars by knocking on doors but has yet to turn it in, so we won't count that yet.) Our fundraising campaign has been sluggish at best but this has been our best effort to date. Thanks guys......Tom & Cindy


carwash


below:   May 18th: Brandon, Shawnquiece, Josie, Vanessa & Kari appeared LIVE on JTV to help spread the word about the upcoming festival. JTV tends to repeat these broadcasts so tune in the station and check them out.

JTV




Neon group photo



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below:   This is the T-shirt design that we settled on. Several designs were considered but this one got the most votes. I think it stands out nicely.

T-shirt


* Committees - Committees - Committees:
Advertising and Fundraising Committee
Leslie Shuberg
Stephany Ross
Caroline Dillon
Ashley Woodard
Alexandria Seals
Laila Poole
Cassy Spahr
Jody Jordan

Publicity Committee
Brittany Taylor
Jody Jordan
Cassie Spahr
Laila Poole
Leslie Shuberg
Shawnquiece Irving
Taisa Janson
Vanessa Ryan
Irene Coolbaugh
John Smith
Rahman Glenn
Alexandria Seals
Dominique Linden
Kari Hogan
Brandon Meade
Entertainment Committee
Lillian Smith
Chynna Spangle
Rahman Glenn
Stephany Ross
Leslie Shuberg
Taisa Janson
Vanessa Ryan
Irene Coolbaugh
Laila Poole

Security Committee
Rahman Glenn
Caroline Dillon
Ashley Woodard
Lillian Smith
Chynna Spangle
John Smith
Alexandria Seals
Brandon Meade


* Music styles: probably a mixture of styles but still under discussion




Tom Fuller & Cindy Hayden