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Edmonds Schools Superintendent Nick Brossoit, Mayor Dave Earling and school district officials Thursday accepted the first musical instruments intended for children of low-income families in the Edmonds School District.
The instruments come from the Edmonds Music4Life program.
Supported by local Rotarians and businesses including Caldwell Banker, Kennelly Keys, and the Edmonds Center for the Arts, the program’s goals are to put musical instruments in good working condition into the hands of children who might not otherwise have had the opportunity. The program also works to procure instruction and supplies, and strengthen the elementary music program in the Edmonds Public Schools.
Music4Life began in 2007 and has already provided hundreds of instruments to the Seattle, Shoreline and Highline schools. This is the first year the program will operate in Edmonds.
“Edmonds Music4Life will begin by providing instruments to fifth graders who qualify for the free and reduced-lunch program,” said Edmonds Music4Life chair Dave Endicott. “Currently 40 percent of Edmonds Public Schools students who participate in instrumental music programs are eligible, and we intend to help as many of those as possible.”
This program hits home for Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, who ran Shoreline Community College’s instrumental music program before becoming mayor. “I have personally seen the benefits music can bring to young people,” he said. “I applaud the creativity of the Edmonds Music4Life program, and look forward to it touching and enriching many lives in our community.”
Music4Life acquires instruments mostly by donation. Many of these have been sitting in closets for years.
“We gratefully accept these instruments, repair them as needed, and donate them to the Edmonds schools where they are put in the hands of students ready to use them,” said Endicott.
If you would like to learn more, or have an instrument you would like to donate, donation forms and instructions are available on the Edmonds Music4Life website. Edmonds Music4Life is a 501c(3) organization, so in most cases your donation is tax-deductible.
– Story and photo by Larry Vogel