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.