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Lycoming College music department to hold fundraiser for public school music programs

Lycoming College music department to hold fundraiser for public school music programs

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The Lycoming College music department presents its first “Leaf Jump” fundraiser, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. on the Quad, weather permitting. The event is open to the public.

Attendees 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, D.M.A., 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.”

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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