Students in Everett School District schools are using 116 instruments donated through Music4Life.
The Seattle-based nonprofit acquires instruments from adults who no longer need them, repairs them as needed, and provides them to participating public school districts for use by students in need. Some students would not have participated in band otherwise. Locally, the nonprofit also helps the Edmonds, Mukilteo and Northshore school districts.
Instruments donated to Everett schools include clarinets, trumpets, keyboards, oboes, bassoons — even a mandolin.
“The variety of instruments increases the chance for students to get their first pick of which instrument they’d like to play,” said Emily Cheever, music teacher at North Middle School. “That’s an important part of students enjoying and continuing their music education.”
Have an instrument to donate? Instruments can be dropped off at any Kennelly Keys location, including the one in Everett at 7903 Evergreen Way.
More information is at www.music4life.org.
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