Instrument donation is sweet music to 2 band programs
DANVILLE — Some North Ridge and South View middle schools students will be playing new violins, cellos and trumpets this year, thanks to the Danville Public School Foundation.
The foundation will buy more than $9,000 in string and band instruments for the schools with a $6,000 donation from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, a $750 donation from AT&T and contributions from other donors, Executive Director Bob Richard said.
"Music is a very important aspect of a child's education," Richard said.
Middle school is the first time most students have a chance to participate in a formal instrumental music program, Richard said. With participation on the rise in Danville, schools have been hard pressed to keep up with the need of loaner instruments, he added.
"Some families cannot afford to purchase or lease an instrument," Richard said. "The grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities is extremely helpful in allowing the foundation to provide these much-needed instruments."
North Ridge will receive five violins, five violas, three cellos, two saxophones and a baritone. South View will get two violins, three violas, a cello, three clarinets, an alto sax and two trumpets.