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Band concert

The Auburn Junior High School band performs at the school's auditorium in 2017.

State Sen. Pam Helming has secured $75,000 in grant funding for upgrades and repairs to the auditorium's audio-visual systems at Auburn Junior High School, Helming's office announced Wednesday.

The upgrades include replacing microphones, a projector and mixing consoles, according to a news release. The grant is meant to help the Auburn Enlarged City School District support activities such as concerts, music rehearsals, speaking engagements and theatrical performances.

“Investing in education doesn’t just mean increasing foundation aid. It means furthering our children’s educational experiences and enhancing the opportunities for our young people, our families, and our community. With this funding, the Auburn Enlarged City School District will be able to make much-needed upgrades to the Auburn Junior High School auditorium. This will provide students and the community with an up-to-date venue able to accommodate a variety of different community events," Helming said in the release.

District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo praised Helming in the release.

“I would like to personally thank Senator Helming for being such a great supporter of the Auburn Enlarged City School District," he said. "The $75,000 that Senator Helming secured for our school district will allow us to put a brand new speaker system in the auditorium at Auburn Junior High School. The system is very outdated and can barely be heard by anyone. Again, Thank you so much to Senator Helming for all that she does for the children and community here in Auburn.”

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