STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) - With school budgets getting tighter every year, it’s difficult to fund programs such as band and choir. There’s a program that gets kids, families, and entire communities involved to vote for their favorite school and earn some cash. It’s called Money For Music, and is a promotion offered by our sister radio station, Great Country 101.9 WDEZ.
Morning show co-host Nikki Montgomery says they came up with the Money For Music promotion, which has grown every year. She says when the promotion first started, they were concerned about large and small schools competing against each other. "We've been doing this now for three years, and every single year, a small school has won, which is what's really cool about it, because when we first started people were concerned that the big schools were just going to run away with all of the money, but proven to not be the case.”
Montgomery says the radio station has several great sponsors that contribute to Money For Music, which is why it has gotten bigger every year. "We have a ton of sponsors that have helped us out, and each one of the sponsors writes a check directly to the schools. It's something that they feel is really important to be able to give back to schools as well, so that money is something that is part of the sponsorship they have with us.”
There was only a total of $5,000 in prizes for the schools in that first year. Now, it’s closer to $15,000 total, with this year’s grand prize totalling $7,000 dollars going to Stevens Point Pacelli High School. "The check presentation for (Stevens Point) Pacelli is Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. and it's going to be at a school assembly. That's the first one for the grand prize winner. We also have another one coming up for our second place school next Friday the 8th at (Wausau) Neuman Catholic High School."
Votes were tallied on the WDEZ website with a combination of daily votes, bonus song extra votes, and student videos on the web page which were eligible for even more votes.
Stevens Point Pacelli has finished in the top three every year, but this is their first grand prize victory.