Tag Day Sept. 17th–Drivers Needed and More!

It’s almost time for Tag Day, which is by far our largest fundraiser of the year.  On Tag Day, students go door-to-door to homes in the Woodson area asking for donations to support band activities.  All band (marching and non-marching), guard members, and athletic exempt students are expected to participate for the full day, and all parents are asked to contribute items for lunch and to volunteer as drivers, tabulators, registration workers, uniform workers, or hospitality aides. Driving is where we will need the most volunteers with approximately 40 drivers needed in the morning and 40 in the afternoon. Sign up here to choose your time and duty:


Here’s how it works:

Students work in 4-person teams which are formed during band camp.  Each team is assigned a driver and a route.  When the team reaches the designated neighborhood on Tag Day, they split into pairs. Each pair takes a side of the street and walks door-to-door asking for donations.  To assure student safety, the driver keeps the students in view at all times.  Drivers are provided a packet of materials that includes a detailed map of the area they are to canvas.  Drivers bring the students back to school at noon to turn in money to parent tabulators and to eat lunch.  Hospitality volunteers serve lunch in the cafeteria.  After lunch, teams head back out to continue canvassing.

There are a few other things you should know:

  1. You should drop off items for lunch in Cafeteria A by the time specified.
  2. This year, we will attempt to accommodate preferences of parent drivers who wish to drive their own child’s group, to the extent that it is possible.  Please note: Parents are not permitted to ask the vaccination status of other parents/students.
  3. As soon as we know the updated Covid protocols, we will pass those along.

Student schedule: Students should arrive at school by 8 AM, get dressed in their uniforms, and report to the BAND ROOM.  After being given instructions, student teams will go to Cafeteria A to meet with their morning drivers. Driver–Student teams will depart around 9 AM to work their morning routes and will return to the school at lunchtime.  After lunch, student teams will go to Cafeteria A to meet with their afternoon drivers.  Driver–Student teams will depart around 12:30 PM to work their afternoon routes and will return to the school by 3:30 PM.  After being dismissed, students will turn in their uniforms and depart between 4:00 and 4:30.

Parent schedules vary according to volunteer activity.  Driver shifts are 8 AM to noon and noon to 4.  All drivers should report to the registration area near the auditorium (door #18 entry) upon arrival.  Tabulator shifts are 11 AM to 2 PM and 2 to 5 PM (Cafeteria B).  Uniform help is needed at the beginning and end of the day: 7:45-9 AM and 3:15-5 PM (Band Room).  Registration and hospitality workers are needed in varying shifts (Auditorium Lobby/Cafeteria).

ATTENTION DRIVERS: Most teams will include 4 students. Please note in the comments section if your vehicle can NOT accommodate a team of 4. Adult drivers only, please – no students.

Thank you for volunteering – see you soon!

Questions?  Please contact the Tag Day committee at woodsonbandtagday@gmail.com