According to Nerny, research shows students engaged in band or choir do better in the classroom, have better attendance, score higher on tests, and move on to post-secondary study more consistently. “We know that test scores are not the sole indicators of success or failure,” she says. “But evidence of the effects of poverty in our city on student health and well-being (food deserts, high incidence of diabetes and asthma) can affect their success.”
If you have gently used instruments, you can donate them to DPSF’s “Bring back the bands” campaign for middle and high school students.
Here’s what they need:
- Any musical instrument for band or orchestra
- Trumpets, saxophones, violins, tubas, clarinets, flutes, trombones, cellos, etc.
- Percussion instruments of any kind: shakers, keyboards, xylophones, cymbals, bells, triangles, etc.
- Drums of all kinds
- Unused reeds
- New resin
- Valve grease
- Polishing cloths
- Music stands
- Metal and plastic picks
- Pitch pipes
- Instrument cases
Instruments and accessories can be dropped off during business hours at the lobby security desk at the Dayton Public Schools administration building, 115 S. Ludlow St., in downtown Dayton.
Other ways to help:
You can also support giving classroom grants or new instrument purchases by:
• Paying by credit online at www.daytonpublicschoolsfoundation.org.
• Sending a check to DPSF, c/o The Dayton Foundation, Fund, #3924, 40 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Dayton 45423
For more information: (937) 542-3330 or www.daytonpublicschoolsfoundation.org..
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