Keeping The Blues Alive

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KTBA Donates New Strings to Middle School Orchestra

JOHNS ISLAND, SC – Thanks to your donations, KTBA has donated brand new strings for the orchestra at Haut Gap Middle School!

Johns Island is in Charleston County, South Carolina, but is an island nonetheless!  The island is home to just 14,000 people and over half of the students enrolled at Haut Gap Middle School come from low income households.

“Music and fine arts programs are important facets of schools throughout the country,” Ms. Arroyo explains.  “Academics are very important to be succesful, but it is the arts that provide an outlet and the excitement that makes school much more enjoyable. I am very fortunate enough to teach at a Title I Partial Magnet school that offers an orchestra/strings program as a class to students in this community.”

As a result of her continued success with the music program, the instruments have taken a hit over the past few years, as resources are becoming extremely limited, yet the budgets are not increasing to balance the changes.

“My students need new strings for their instruments to create a better sound and to be more successful at playing a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, and bass)!”

Students at Haut Gap are hardworking, appreciative, and LOVE to learn!

“I love how enthusiastic they are to learn how to play their instruments and new musical concepts,” she adds. “At my school, 73% are free-reduced lunch. There are a multitude of hardships in these students’ homes, and the school does its best to provide appropriate resources so the students have as best learning conditions as possible.  [However,] string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and bass) can be a pricey endeavor for students. I want to provide them an opportunity to be positively exposed to this world without the burden of worrying about financial resources. Every child in my program deserves the opportunity to play on appropriate quality instruments and equipment to learn a stringed instrument well and to be happier in their learning environment!”

As Ms. Arroyo’s project aligned with our mission, KTBA donated the funds to afford them the resources they needed to keep the music program alive in Johns Island, SC!  This project will affect at least 60 students and will set up the class for a productive fall semester!

Ms. Arroyo expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you for giving us the means have more strings in my classroom stock. Some of the strings on the instruments are about to pop and are barely usable (barely usable strings make a bad sounding instruments, and bad sounding instruments lead to students having a low feeling of success). Sometimes, a string pops, and as a result the student cannot learn effectively or have fun in class.

When a string pops, many times the student is unable to provide their own string. Some families struggle finding the time or money to provide their children strings due to their circumstances. In my current stock of strings, I have collected some of my old personal violin strings or other teachers in my school district donated some. The problem I have run into is that I am running low on certain string sizes and specific string types.

Thanks to this donation, some kids will be able to receive a string without any interruption in their learning. More importantly, the students and their parents will not have to worry about the extra time or money to provide a new string! This donation will help me keep students engaged and worry-free in my classroom! Thank you for making my classroom environment better.

With gratitude,
Ms. Arroyo

KTBA would like to thank our donors who support our mission and allow us to encourage and uplift these programs suffering from budget cuts.

If you would like to help us fund next week’s project click here!

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