Community responds to appeal for school music programs

musical_instruments_clip_artThe rebirth of elementary school band programs and a resurgence in middle and high school programs increased demand for a limited supply of band instruments. The Santa Cruz Education Foundation launched the Play It Forward instrument drive in the fall to help address the need. We are proud to report that over 50 playable instruments were received.

Students are already putting these instruments to good use!

The instrument drive also inspired community members to donate to the cause. We are deeply grateful for an extraordinary gift of $5,000 from the Robert and Carol Simpkins Family Fund at Community Foundation Santa Cruz. The funds will be used to purchase instruments for school music programs and for El Sistema Santa Cruz, an after school orchestral program created by the Santa Cruz Education Foundation.

Thank you all!