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District 50 seeks instrument donations for music program

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:53 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:28 p.m. CST

HARVARD – District 50 is hoping a push for instrument donations will help more kids pursue their musical interests.

The district does its best to provide equipment to kids who want to play an instrument but can't afford to rent or buy one. But growing interest has meant the program has had to turn students away in recent years, said Korey Coffer, band director and music teacher at Harvard High School.

"It's not a new need," Coffer said. "But because the program is growing so fast, it's just an additional need now."

The district is accepting all donations but is particularly interested in wind instruments and drum kits.

Donated equipment will be spread throughout the program, which starts for students in fifth grade.

"If someone wants to target it to a specific school, they can, and we will do our best to honor that," District 50 Spokesman Bill Clow said. "But certain instruments, we are using in the earlier grades."

Coffer said a donation would go a long way toward allowing students to lay the platform for a lifelong interest in music.

"Music is one of those subjects that helps students in their reading skills, it helps students in their math skills," he said. "It gives students an outlet that they might not get somewhere else."

To make a donation, contact Coffer at Harvard High school by calling 815-943-6461 or Clow at the District 50 offices by calling 815-943-4022.

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