Palos District 128 Band car wash at Independence helps fund trips

 

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Photos by Tim Hadac

Deliberately misspelling “car wash” to draw a few smiles and catch the attention of motorists on 127th Street on Saturday are Ismari Rodriguez (from left), Iliana Acosta, Shannon Stokes and Isabela Rodriguez. The students were helping promote the Palos Heights School District 128 band car wash, held at Independence Junior High School, 6610 W. Highland Drive.

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The hosing down of a car momentarily turns into a friendly water fight, as Daniel Boudreau (foreground) and Maddie Langford give each other a spray, as Debbie Langford watches with a smile before reminding the pair to get back to the task at hand.

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Brittany McCarthy (from left), Samella Shive, Ryan Foertsch, Aidan Foertsch, Joan Haluska, Sylvia Filipiak and Claire Filipiak pause before giving a car a suds-filled scrubbing. Several dozen students from Navajo Heights Elementary School and Independence Junior High School, as well as parents, participated in the event.

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Band Director Brian Everson (right) supervises the rinse-job conducted by Ray Boersma (left) and Eric Spindler. Funds raised at the annual event typically helps pay for band trips that are part education, part fun, Everson said. Those who missed the car wash but want to make a donation to the band are encouraged to call 448-0737.

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Wiping the front of a car clean are students Vinnie Tuminello and Brittany McCarthy, with parents Joan Haluska (from left), Karyn Robinson and Elizabeth Foertsch. The threat of rain appeared to keep a number of people away, yet organizers said they hoped to raise as much as $1,000 in free-will donations from motorists.

 

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