This year in the Norwich School Distrcit we have been on a contingency budget because the community voted down the proposed budget. All of our extracurricular activities and programs (with the exception of some sports) were cut for this year. In the summer we created Norwich CARES (Community Action to Restore ExtracurricularS) to help raise funds and work with the board to reinstate activities as quickly as possible. Norwich CARES was responsible for reinstating the marching band (which won first place in Small School I this season). We have been struggling with the school board to reinstate other activities since the beginning of the year and we finally have had some success. Our Musical Club was reinstated last week and we have already had our first meeting. This year's musical will be The Music Man. Other programs that have been reinstated include a variety of other clubs, the FIRST robotics team, and Jazz Band. Another goal of Norwich CARES will be to promote voter awareness for next year's school budget vote. Thankfully we have been able to work around this year's problems with the budget up to this point. I have heard of some school districts in New York State that have been sued by citizens in order to reinstate activities.