ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (KRQE) - An Albuquerque High School band is praising the efforts of a local business they say has helped keep the band going.
"We have to get creative with fundraising because we have a lot of overhead costs for everything that we do with the band," said Highland High School bands director, Josephine Gonzales.
Gonzales says it takes special community partners to keep the band afloat.
"For things like bringing staff on to help with the students, purchasing color guard equipment and getting music for the students for marching band, purchasing mallets that kind of stuff, we have to fundraise to make sure that that happens," Gonzales said.
She said their fundraising "go-to" has always been car washes, but several years ago they were ready to let that go.
"We'd hold them on Central and we had some issues with the students getting hassled by people and it was almost unpleasant to the point where we thought about canceling the car washes altogether," said Gonzales.
Then, they found Jim's Automotive on Lead and Washington.
"We actually did really really well. We were really successful at our first car wash here [Jim's Automotive] and so we just continued to do it here..., he got us these big signs, like those wiggly people and they've always been pretty successful," said student Mary Schmauss.
Band members and moms say Jim has been an incredible help.
"He's even bought structures for us. What can I say? He's just one of them who steps up for the kids as well," band mom Melecia Garcia said.
They say not only does he provide his corner location, they say Jim goes the extra mile setting up signs and canopies and always gets his own car washed.
Meanwhile, he says he just does what he can for the kids.
"He really does go above and beyond," Gonzales said.
"It's really nice to be supported by someone as good as Jim is," Schmauss said.
A community business helping local kids continue to do what they love.
"I think that our relationship with Jim is pretty unique and the fact that he is so close and he is so supportive of us it kind of puts him at the top of our list," Gonzales said.
Even though the school year just ended, the Highland High Hornets band will work through the summer continuing to hold car washes to fundraise for next year.
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