1st leaf leap to support music in public schools

Supporting local school music programs, the Lycoming College music department will hold its first “Leaf Jump” fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday on the Lycoming College Quad, weather permitting. The event is open to the public.

Participants will have the opportunity to embrace their inner child and dive into a large pile of leaves for 50 cents per jump. All money raised will be donated to Lycoming County public school music programs to help them buy instruments and participate in more performance opportunities.

“We decided to hold the event for two reasons,” said Chris Jackson, choir director and assistant professor of music. “The first was to increase Lycoming College’s outreach to local music programs. The music program at Lycoming wants to set a positive example for how to connect with the local community. You learn a lot about the concept of community and responsibility in a music ensemble and this event is one way of spreading what we learn every day into the community at large.”

The second reason the choir decided to organize the Leaf Jump was to give students, faculty and staff a much-needed break during the middle of the semester.

“School is hard,” Jackson said. “If it wasn’t hard, then we wouldn’t grow. But equally important to hard work is a little fun every now and then.”