ABSAF, the Acton-Boxborough Student Activities Fund, is 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.
Your generous support allows ABSAF to make substantial financial donations to ABRHS and RJ Grey in support of student extracurricular activities. Through this continued support, ABSAF has donated well over $1,000,000 to the regional school district. A summary of recent donations is provided below, as well as communication from the Superintendent of the Acton- Boxborough Regional School District delineating the allocation of funds donated by ABSAF toward extracurricular activities.
The ABSAF pass entitles you and your immediate family admission to most home Acton-Boxborough extracurricular activities during the current academic school year.
As an ABSAF passholder, you are entitled to 2 tickets for both the High School play/musical and the Junior High Spring Musical. ABSAF would like to remind you of the policies and timeframes for obtaining your tickets to the productions. Please pay close attention to the procedures and the deadlines for the respective plays as they differ from the High School and the Junior High.
You may NOT show up to the performance with an ABSAF pass if you have not made prior reservations. You will not receive admission to the play. You must reserve your tickets prior to the deadline.