Skaneateles Music Boosters want your refundable containers

If you're planning to have a get together over Memorial Day weekend, you just might want to wait to return your cans and bottles.

On June 5 and 6, the Skaneateles Central School Music Boosters will be offering residents a chance to donate their refundable cans and bottles to help the music program. The Can King, a redemption company out of Auburn and owned by Skaneateles resident Rick Hall, will have a truck set up at the Allyn Arena at Jordan and Austin streets so community members can stop by to drop off as many cans or bottles as they would like.

All refunds from donated refundable cans and bottles, which includes water bottles, will be given to the music boosters.

According to boosters President Ellen Smith, the money will aid the music programs at the schools. Funds raised also help support the music teachers, pay for awards, help to finance music trips and fund scholarships at the end of the year.

Boosters vice president Christy Lemp said the group supports all different realms of music education. Some ways the boosters show support is by bringing in musicians to work with students, like violinist Mark Wood from Trans Siberian Orchestra, who visited the district and held workshops with students in 2009.

With all the boosters have done in the district, it's time to find funds in order to do it again next year.

"We're using the Can King from Auburn to help us with this endeavor," Smith said. "[The can and bottle drive is] helping to replenish our budget because of what we did this year."

Hall said he opened the Auburn redemption center last July and the business averages 11,000 cans per day. With the box truck, he is able to park on-site for fundraisers, which makes it a little easier on those organizing a can and bottle drive.

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