Music students, a pottery kiln and the high school stadium improvement project all have one thing in common.
The extracurricular programs at the six schools that form the Payson Unified School District just received over a quarter of a million dollars.
Taxpayers supported PUSD with $296,685 in donations to the Credit for Kids Program, according to the district's final tally.
"Donations increased by more than 20 percent this year and on behalf of Payson Unified School District I want to thank everyone who contributed," said Sue Myers, PUSD superintendent.
Band students will use some of the money to replace worn-out band uniforms and purchase some new instruments.
Choral students are that much closer to a trip to Washington, D.C. and the opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall.
"I want to try to use part of the funds for a new kiln," said PHS art teacher George Conley.
Conley would also like to have a piece of PHS's $78,195 fine arts fund to support a digital photography component in his art classes.
Each school can use the general fine arts donations as it sees fit.
The drama club is looking forward to lights, risers and additional sound equipment for the main stage that supports school plays and musical productions, as well as community programs.
"I am very grateful to the public for their continued donations and consideration of all the schools in the county," Gila County superintendent Linda O'Dell said.
PUSD Credit for Kids donations by year
Donations by school to the Fine Arts programs
Julia Randall Elementary $33,899.66
Payson Elementary $23,397.66
Frontier Elementary $33,922.66
Rim Country Middle $25,536.66
Payson High $78,195
Payson Center for Success $21,700
Total donations to PUSD's
Fine Arts programs $48,771.66
Donations to the Stadium Project $31,261
Donations to PHS Clubs
A+ Club $400
After School Programs $100
Auto Shop $400
Band Uniforms $200
Boys Basketball $2,125
Boys Soccer $1,000
Culinary Arts $600
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America STRIVE $790
Future Business Leaders of America $800
FFA general $2,320
Girls Basketball $1,145
Girls Soccer $930
Hands Across the Border $3,700
Ski and Hiking $19,440
Health Occupation Students of America $400
Interact Club $900
Key Club $425
Math Club $570
Mock Trial $200
National Honor Society $460
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) $700
Sports equipment and uniforms $725
Student Government (STUGO) $100
Wood Shop $400