With a $1.4 million cut this year, Okemos faces the possibility of losing teacher positions and school programs. Many parents said they moved to Okemos for the school system and want their children to have the best possible education available to them.
"Okemos Cares" collected donations outside the Meridian Township Farmer's Market on Saturday. They said the community response has been great, and they have already raised $100,000 to save the fifth grade music program.
Members of "Okemos Cares" and parents said they are willing to help the district through this difficult time, but they hope in the future, fundraising efforts like this one won't be needed.
Mary Graham is a member of "Okemos Cares" and a parent to three children in Okemos public schools.
"We really need to take a look at how we fund our schools," Graham says.