Schools in tune with donation
Upper Clutha schools and preschools will soon be more alive with the sounds of beating drums and other musical instruments after receiving donations from the Wanaka Musicians’ Society. A total of six schools and six preschools were given part of a $15,000 pool raised from the 20th Stars in Your Eyes show held by the society last year. Society chairman Jamie Robertson said since the show was launched 21 years ago the society had given over $200,000 away in grants. The show boosts between 15 and 20 performances, made up by locals who needed to audition before they could be a part, every year to sellout Robertson said. Funds given to the schools and pre-school this year would be used for music education. Tarras Primary School principal Noelene Pullar said the school would be buying musical instruments with the money, predominantly chime bars because they were ‘‘adaptable for children’’.