DES MOINES, Iowa–Students at Capitol View Elementary wanting to play an instrument face financial challenges other students don’t.
Last year 4th and 5th graders in the orchestra and band were forced to share instruments because not everyone could afford to rent or buy one.
“Children in other areas have the opportunity. Sometimes the families have instruments or it`s not an issue for them to be able to locate one, purchase one, or rent one but it is difficult for our families. They should have all the advantages during elementary school that other students have,” says Capitol View Elementary Principal Marsha Kerper.
The school has several older instruments they loan out to students, but they’re running out.
“We got some instruments here and then we realized the demand was pretty high and where could I find some more instruments,” says Capitol View Elementary Band Instructor Scott Davis.
Luckily, the Greater East Side Development stepped up to help.
“This year our big community project is raising $10,000 for instruments for the students at Capitol View,” says Melissa Burkheimer with Greater East Side Development.
Burkheimer says the organization has already raised $1,000 that will go towards purchasing some new violins. Two trombones and a clarinet have already been donated.
If you have an instrument you’d like to donate, you can drop it off at Capitol View Elementary School at 320 E. 16th Street Des Moines, IA.
Or you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Greater East Side Development, P.O. Box 17272, Des Moines, IA 50317.
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