ABSAF, the Acton-Boxborough Student Activities Fund, is a 501c(3) non-profit, charitable organization that supports extracurricular activities at the Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools. ABSAF members believe that extracurricular activities help to develop well-rounded children with healthy self-esteem. Whether students are interested in music, sports, academic teams, theater, speech and debate or community service, they should have the opportunity to participate in programs that provide constructive and creative outlets. Since its inception in 1981, ABSAF has donated well over $1,000,000 to the Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools.
ABSAF board members believe extracurricular activities are vital in developing well-rounded students and provide a way for students to feel connected to both their peers and the school. Members also believe an entire community benefits when its youth are engaged in constructive activities. The goal is to offer each student at least one channel for his or her interests or talents, and over 85% of students currently participate.
ABSAF was able to prevent the need for activity fees until 1993, at which time they became necessary. However, ABSAF contributions are still critical to maintain our quality extracurricular programs. Without ABSAF's donations, activity fees would be higher and/or some activities would be eliminated.
ABSAF has consistently received generous, broad-based support from members of the Acton-Boxborough community since it was established. ABSAF conducts both an annual mail campaign and a student phonathon in the fall. Contributions are greatly appreciated at any time during the year.
ABSAF contributions support athletic teams (Junior High to Varsity), academic teams (Math Team, Science Team, Speech and Debate Team, and Academic Decathlon Team), performing arts groups (Band, Chorus, and Theater), and community service at ABRHS and RJ Grey. Some examples of how ABSAF funds have been used include: donations to Proscenium Circus (the High School Theatre group), purchase of band uniforms and instruments, new stage curtains and sound system for the Junior High, supplies and equipment for all athletic teams, study guides and league dues for academic teams, athletic uniforms, and transportation to events for all the groups mentioned above. ABSAF was able to eliminate the need for activity fees until 1993. Today, ABSAF reduces the cost of activity fees. Without ABSAF, fees would be higher and some activities would not be possible.
ABSAF's current Board of Directors is made up of members of the community, students, and representatives from the Acton-Boxborough Regional School Administration.
The following PDF files are provided by AB's Superintendent and show the yearly breakdown of ABSAF funds that were distributed to the High School and Junior High Schools among Sports, Clubs, and the Performing Arts. Your generous support allows ABSAF to make substantial financial donations to ABRHS and RJ Grey in support of extracurricular student activities. Through this continued support, ABSAF has donated well over $1,000,000 to the regional school district.
An ABSAF Pass entitles you and your immediate family free admission to most Acton-Boxborough home extracurricular activities during the current academic school year.
ABSAF Pass holders are also entitled to two tickets to the RJ Grey Musical and two tickets to a single performance of each of the high school's Proscenium Circus' (PC) mainstage productions. This year's performances will include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Book of Everything, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
To take advantage of your free tickets to the various Proscenium Circus performances, Pass holders should reserve tickets through PC's online reservation process at ABDrama.org. The online reservation process closes at midnight on the Monday prior to each show. ABSAF pass holders may not reserve online past this deadline. If tickets are still available after the deadline, you may claim your two tickets at the door with your ABSAF pass. ABSAF passes are not accepted at the 24-Hour Class Plays or the Festival.
Please pay close attention to the procedures and the deadlines for the respective plays and musicals as they may vary for the High School and RJ Grey.