The 1,000-student Salida, Colo., school district faces a looming $500,000 budget gap. Like many other school systems, the first cuts are to be made with programs like Key Club, Math Counts, the jazz program and weight lifting. A Towanda, Pa., school district faced a similar situation. The administration responded by asking student households to contribute $30 to help keep some of the programs. Due to an overwhelming negative response to the response, they cut programs instead, including the junior robotics club, JV soccer, majorettes and reduced funding for the forensics team and Future Business Leaders by half.