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What You Need to Know About Fundraising


Does the word send shivers up your spine? Maybe make you feel a bit queasy?

The cost of student travel is often one of the biggest hurdles for educators, students and families. While fundraising can be hard work, the benefits of student travel are worth the effort. Educators who have traveled with Educational Tours, Inc., offer the following tips and ideas to help make raising funds more efficient and effective.

Exploring London: An International Student Travel Experience

William A. Vliek, band director at Fowlerville High School in Fowlerville, Michigan, and members of the school’s band, along with several parent chaperones, recently spent spring break “across the pond” as they toured exciting London, England.

With the help of ETI, the trip—which has been in the works since 2019—thankfully, went off without a hitch.

Meet the Educator: Matt Suddendorf

Though travel can be an intimidating prospect for directors and teachers, Matt Suddendorf, Choir Director at Deer Park Junior/Senior High School for Grades 6-12 in Cincinnati, Ohio, truly believes the benefits far outweigh the cost and challenges. 

“Anything we as teachers can do for our students to open their eyes to how music shapes so many facets of our world, and how students can keep music alive after they move on into the next chapter of their lives, is critically important,” Suddendorf said, noting the Deer Park Music Department has been working with ETI since the Deer Park Marching Band & Guard's first trip to Walt Disney World in 1996. “From the beginning, ETI has proven they are a leader in the group travel industry through effective communication, prompt and clear problem resolution, and consistent delivery of a top-notch product.”