TORRINGTON – Torrington High School’s jazz band performed outside Fresh Foods on Tuesday, May 18 to thank the store for their donation to the program.
Store Manager Travis Arraj said Fresh Foods donated a total amount of $250 to the band. Arraj said since September the store has been donating $1 to the band for every produce pack they sell. These produce packs are sold every first Saturday of the month.
Arraj said the donations will continue.
“Once a year, we’ll present them with a check of how many produce packs we sold for that year,” he said.
According to Arraj, the idea started at the store in Gering, as a way to give back to the community.
The band performed several pieces from their most recent concert on May 11, according to High School Band Director Gary Glass.
“We performed, actually, at both grocery stores,” Glass said. On Monday, the 17th, the jazz band played at Main Street Market.
“They to a receipt program where they give you a penny for every dollar spent at their store,” he said. “They do that for all school programs if you’re willing to take advantage of it.”
Glass said the donation will benefit a little over 50 students involved in band. The money goes into the band’s activity fund and will likely be used for instrument repairs and to buy reeds, oil and percussion equipment.