For a group of Florida high school students, being invited to be part of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony is not the biggest challenge.
While reports abound of celebrities and musicians who are refusing to perform at the inauguration, the Palmetto Ridge High School marching band is more than eager, Fox News reported.
But the students from the Naples school are in need of cash to fund the trip to Washington D.C. for the Jan. 20 event.
Coming from working-class families, with more than half of them on the free lunch program at school, the talented students are finding ways to raise the capital they don’t readily have on hand with fundraisers and a GoFundMe account that has pledged over $85,000 of the estimated $135,000 needed to make the trip.
https://t.co/qVNGpH5RFm PLEASE HELP THIS FANTASTIC FLORIDA MARCHING BAND GET TO INAUGURATION! THEY NEED OUR HELP! THEY R EXCITED TO GO!
— Linda Gregory (@LindaSellsFla) January 6, 2017
Not all of the 230 members will be able to make the trip, which will cost each student $575, according to WBBH-TV. There are also costs for taking four staff members, 20 parent chaperones, and travel costs involving four charter buses, hotel rooms, travel company fees and meals.
Two Collier County deputies would also make the more than 1,000-mile trip in order to ensure the students’ safety. They would be paid their regular salary and the school district would pay their travel expenses, WBBH reported.
“It’s craziness, but it’s worth it,” Emily Raser, a junior, told WBBH.
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