New tune for Green’s Har­bour school


The old mu­si­cal in­stru­ments at Acre­man Ele­men­tary in Green’s Har­bour needed to be re­placed, but school bud­gets can­not al­ways ac­com­mo­date such lux­u­ries.

For­tu­nately, some wel­comed dol­lars from the School Life Fund will al­low the small school in Trin­ity South to pur­chase some new items for its mu­sic pro­gram.

The $2,650 will go to­wards pur­chas­ing new clar­inets, flutes and trum­pets, ac­cord­ing to the school’s prin­ci­pal, Patty Collins Yet­man.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult for us to pur­chase new equip­ment be­cause of the high cost,” she says. “In a small area with a school pop­u­la­tion of 81, it’s very hard to do fundrais­ing. If we get $500 from a fundraiser, that’s pretty good for us. So, to get $2,650, that’s like five fundrais­ers there.”

Yet­man says she was search­ing the In­ter­net one evening look­ing for fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to help with school pur­chases when she came across a web­site for the fund.

“It’s very easy to ap­ply for, and you just have to come up with some­thing that would help you and your stu­dents in the area of drama, recre­ation, ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar art, mu­sic, or sport.”

The school’s band has been open to any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing, and Yet­man says this year a lot of stu­dents were in­ter­ested, but there were not enough in­stru­ments on hand to ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one.

“ This is what we said in our (ap­pli­ca­tion), that if the stu­dents were en­cour­aged to join band, they wouldn’t be limited by hav­ing to pur­chase their own in­stru­ments.”

With the new in­stru­ments, now any stu­dent with an in­cli­na­tion to toot a horn or tongue a reed will be able to do so.

“Any­body that has some tal­ent, it’s nice to

Patty Collins Yet­man

be able to add to it, and cul­ti­vate it, par­tic­u­larly if they’re held back by fi­nances at home,” says the prin­ci­pal.

This will also be of ben­e­fit to Acre­man Ele­men­tary’s new mu­sic teacher, Kelly Stokes,who Yet­man says is very ex­cited about the new in­stru­ments’ im­pend­ing ar­rival. Last year, the school also re­ceived $1,000 from the East­ern Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion to pur­chase new per­cus­sion in­stru­ments.

The cheque ar­rived last week, and the prin­ci­pal says the in­stru­ments will come “ASAP.” She would also en­cour­age any other schools to con­sider ap­ply­ing for money from the School Life Fund.

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