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N. Colonie Friends of Music seeks to raise funds for the school's music program

On one fateful night, though, they submitted an application at midnight on July 31. That same night they were told they were one of the first 1,000 applications to be submitted to the website and would go through the review process during the month of August.

"They informed us on September 1 that our application had been reviewed and accepted," he said. "We were told we were in the running to vote for our idea."

Edwards said the website does not reveal how many votes they have received on their idea, but said after being stuck in the 160 range out of 386 other entries, they finally broke the barrier and are currently 125 in rank.

"Since school is in session," he said, "we've jumped up quite a bit."

Deborah Keough, district supervisor of the North Colonie Music Program, said she has notice the steady climb the group's idea has made and extends her gratitude towards their help in trying to raise these funds.

"They're outstanding," she said. "They're a very committed group of people. They have a large support from the community and people in the district. The parents and the music department really appreciate the work they do.

Edwards added that they have been promoting their idea through the use of mass emails, postings on Facebook, flyers and announcements in both the junior high and high school.

If you want to vote for their idea, go to www.refresheverything.com/northcolonie music or text the message 102357 to 73774.

With a daughter who is a graduate of Shaker High School and a son who is a sophomore at Shaker and plays the trumpet, Edwards said he can see the importance that music education has had on their lives.

"It opens up a lot of avenues for the kids with going to college and after college," he said. "It opens up opportunities for them."

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