The Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation began a campaign to raise money last summer after Harrisburg School District officials announced they would have to cut athletics and band programs to balance the budget for this school year.
The Foundation began to raise money to keep the programs in place. Karen Snider is the executive director of the foundation. She got involved because she says sports and other activities keep young people focused on getting good grades and away from outside distractions. She says donations started coming in soon after they published an article in the newspaper.
Snider says she solicited businesses and foundations to help meet their target of $389,000, but it individuals from all over the region came together to help make the fundraising effort a success.
Karen Snider hopes money set aside for distressed school districts will allow the district to fund activities for the 2013-2014 school year.