MEANS M.E.A.N.S. (Music Education Association of North Smithfield)
We invite you, parents of Music students, to become active in M.E.A.N.S. It is one of the few parent volunteer organizations in existence at the Middle and High Schools. It offers a way in which parents can both promote the music program and reatain some involvement as their child progresses through the grades.
MEANS is a parent-run organization whose purpose is to arouse and maintain an enthusuastic interest among parents and the community in the various phases of music in the North Smithfield School System. It lends both its moral and financial support to the music programs as it strives to help the music directors sustain the excellent music curriculum in the Middle and Senior High Schools. MEANS takes pride in the large population of North Smithfield students who participate in Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber choir and Chorus, all of which have earned consistently high ratings at state, regional, and national festivals.
MEANS sponsors many fundraising activities throughout the year, the majority of which provide students with the opportunity to earn money for their own music accounts to be used for trips, festivals, and audition fees. It also conducts some fundraising whose proceeds are used to purchase needed musical equipment, as well as and annual scholarship to a graduating senior pursuing music at the college level.
We conduct monthly meetings at the High School from September through June, assist with concerts and parades, help with uniform distributions, provide chaperones, issue newsletters, coordinate fundraisers, and track student accounts. The beauty of this organization is that a volunteer can choose the extent of their involvement and be a valued contributor.
Meetings fall on the first Tuesday of the month at 6pm. Please come and meet us at the high school cafeteria.