We are all connected! I've known that for a very long time, and every thought we think, every action we take has an impact on the world. An awesome responsibility, an amazing realization.
I had an e-mail before Christmas from a good friend/client who remember that I was involved in the recycling of Band Instruments, refurbishing them and giving them to students who had been identified by their band director as a student who had the desire, but not the funds to play in the band. My client had a co-worker who was active with the Grandville Band Boosters (and Grandville has a long tradition of an amazing band program), which is also the school where my son, Jared, did his student teaching a few years ago.
So I talked to Jim, (from Grandville) and found that they were planning a fund-raiser for their program that involved premiering a wonderful movie about the impact that instrumental music programs can have on the lives of young people.
In addition to raising dollars for their program, Jim was looking for a place to donate musical instruments, and part of their appeal to the community will be to try to fill a semi-trailer with usable band instruments.
It just so happens that I knew that there was a campaign within the Grand Rapids Public Schools to raise $500,000 in cash donations (or instruments) to replenish their inventory so that every student who wants to play, can. I did an earlier post about this campaign. Click here to see it.
So if you're around the end of January, plan to attend this great movie screening. If you don't live in the Grand Rapids area, I'm confident that there is a student who lives near you who really wants to be in the band, and you could help. Reach out to the band director in your school, they'd love to match you with a student to help. OR, you could help support the Grand Rapids campaign. Here's how: Susan Heartwell is the director of the Grand Rapids Public Schools Student Advancement Foundation, I'm confident that she'd be glad to hear from you.
One additional request: If you reach out in your community, or in Grand Rapids to help meet the need, please post a comment here on what you did, and how it felt! Like so many areas, one side of the equation could have their life changed by the kindness and generosity of another, on the other side of the equation, there is a sad band instrument sitting in the basement gathering dust, wondering what it did to be so neglected and unloved.
You can MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
This movie is being played all over the country. Check their site for a location near you!