Tiffany Earvin, principal of Orchard Knob; and Annece Holts, music teacher and band director at Orchard Knob receive the big check from Paul Macaluso, CEO of The Krystal Company. Photo: Contributed)

The Krystal Company brought breakfast food and a large donation to Orchard Knob Middle School on Monday morning.

The company was celebrating a $3,000 donation to the school’s band program as a part of the recently established Krystal Foundation.

From a news release from Hamilton County Schools:


According to information from Krystal, the foundation supports neighborhood schools and families across Krystal’s 11 states served by the restaurant chain through the organizations “Squaring is Caring” campaign.  Krystal was founded in Chattanooga in 1932.

Paul Macaluso, recently named CEO of The Krystal Company, presented a check for $3,000 to Annece Holts, band director, and Tiffany Earvin, principal of Orchard Knob Middle School.  The grant funds will help the school’s revived band program to purchase instruments for children in the band.  Holts was instrumental in starting-up the band program once again at Orchard Knob, and the student interest in the program has been exciting to the music teacher and band director.

“Our entire organization is passionate about participating in the communities we serve, especially here in Chattanooga where our story began,” said Macaluso. “I’m grateful to Orchard Knob for the opportunity to be part of something special.”

Participating band students at Orchard Knob have a one-hour class every day, and they often must share instruments to participate.  There is no required fee to be in the band, and any student can join.  With the band being dormant for many years there are few instruments at the school, and most children can’t afford to buy or rent their instruments and equipment.  Having instruments available at the school will allow more students the opportunity to learn music and play in the band.  Holt is planning for school concerts, band performances at sporting events and even participating in state music performance assessment.

“We have limited instruments and even less working instruments,” said Holts. “This grant will greatly impact the number of students who can participate.”