UPDATE: Donations Help Students Go On Music Trip

The students at Freed Middle School returned from their music trip to Denver. The Pueblo middle schoolers thought they weren't going to play in a band competition after a crook broke into Freed and stole money they had been fundraising out of the school safe.

11 News brought you this exclusive story. Surveillance video showed the burglar inside the school. After that story aired about three weeks ago, 11 News gracious viewers donated money to the school.

The band teacher told 11 News Wednesday that he was so grateful to everyone who donated money. The students performed well in the competition. They also got a chance to go to Elitch's. For some students, it was their first time at an amusement park.

Pueblo police are still searching for the man who broke into Freed Middle School around 10 p.m. Sunday, May 8th, and wandered the halls for about 30 minutes. He left with almost one thousand dollars from the school's safe.

"Shocked. I'm shocked," Principal Michelle Mann told 11 News a few weeks ago.

"It's hard to fathom someone would do that," music teacher Brad Schoolland said.

Schoolland says the competition gives the students an opportunity other successful music programs experience all the time.

"The end of this year is definitely morale boost but also a good opportunity for them to see what's possible in music,” Schoolland said.

The burglar broke into the school by throwing a rock through the window of the main office. On surveillance video, the suspect is clearly wearing a backpack and has a bag or shirt in his right hand. It was almost two hours after he broke into the school that police were notified.

"I don't know the reason why so at this time, I'm not able to comment if there was some sort of glitch in our security system or the other end," Mann said.

When we spoke with Schoolland in early May, he said he was hoping the students can overcome this obstacle, created by this crook, and that the community will continue to show their support for them.

"The students worked hard for this, it is an opportunity that is once in a lifetime for them it should not have been taken from them," Schoolland said.

The burglar remains on the loose. If you know anything about this burglary, call Crime Stoppers in Pueblo at 542-STOP.

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  • by Tod on May 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    i luv when people help wit stuph lik dis. amen suckas
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      by Lisa on May 21, 2011 at 12:01 AM in reply to Tod
      We do things like this so hopefully kids will stay in school and learn how to spell and speak correctly and maybe get an actual job.
  • by billy cox Location: pueblo streets on May 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    i will give them a quater and a breakfast beer if i can afford it with my cooked chin !!!!
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      by UNKNOWN on May 21, 2011 at 12:03 AM in reply to billy cox
      Let me guess you have no education and work at the steel mill? Or is it the coal factory? Hard to tell with such great grammar and drinking exploits. Your parents must be so proud.
  • by Michelle Location: Freed Middle School on May 11, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    This community is so supportive and wonderful!!! All donations are appreciated! Contact information for Freed: 715 West 20th Street, Pueblo, CO, 81003 - phone: 719.549.7410. Michelle Mann, Principal
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      by melia on May 12, 2011 at 11:55 PM in reply to Michelle
      thank you so much miss mann we all are so thankful for having such a great principal you do everything you can for us and we respect that i have to say you are the best principal i have had thank you so much and thank you everyone for the donations we really really appreciate it
  • by Lisa Location: Colorado Springs on May 10, 2011 at 09:59 PM
    What a tragedy for these kids after working so hard trying to do a great thing with their time and energy to have some idiot take their donation money. I personally will be contacting the school and donating $200 to help these kids rebuild what was taken by this idiot. I hope this lets these children know that there are good people that will try to right some of the wrongs that are done to others. Congratulations to these kids for doing something so positive with their time!!! And shame on this person for taking this money!!!
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      by Anonymous on May 11, 2011 at 05:56 PM in reply to Lisa
      thank you i am one of the freed kids and i just wont to say thank you for your help
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        by a person on May 12, 2011 at 11:50 PM in reply to
        my friends at this school have worked so hard to get that money and work together to make this possible for them to preform in denver what kind of person just goes and takes our money like that i am so than kful to the people that donated money to help my friends and i go to denver everyone thank you so much and to the burglar im sorry but i could careless about you we work as a team to make things happen and we are proud of each other and keep each other safe if they find this person thank the person who found him luv me!!!!!!!
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        by Lisa on May 21, 2011 at 12:05 AM in reply to
        You're welcome. I want you guys to rock that concert and know that there is an etire community that supports what you are doing and are proud of your contributions to school and education. Good Luck!!!
  • by Josh Location: pueblo on May 10, 2011 at 09:51 PM
    I have 20 bucks to help them make it to denver, let me know where to send it.
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