Donate Musical Instruments at Opening Day of Des Moines Farmers Market

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The Highline Music4Life program will conduct its second annual drive for “lovingly used” musical instruments starting at 10 a.m. on June 2 – opening day of the Des Moines Farmers Market.

The program collects and repairs instruments donated by adults who no longer need them for the benefit of low-income students attending Highline Public Schools.

“In its first year, Highline Music4Life has already doubled the number of musical instruments available to low-income students starting in the fifth and sixth grades,” said Steve Swank of the Des Moines Rotary Club, who chairs the activity. “But the need is great and we want to be able to support all our low-income students. So, if you have a used clarinet, trumpet, violin, flute or any other musical instrument in your garage or attic and are willing to put it back into play, please drop it off at our booth.”

Used musical instruments are needed by all Highline students. The program starts with fifth and sixth graders, but is also designed to help as many low-income students in the upper grades as possible. Instruments are repaired through a partnership with Kennelly Keys Music. Swank says it’s possible to restore nearly any musical instrument. All that’s needed is for the donor to understand the unique role it can have in a child’s education.

Used musical instruments will also be collected at the Des Moines Farmers Market on June 9th and 16th. They may also be dropped off during normal business hours year-round at any Kennelly Keys Music store, the KeyBank branch at 22033 Marine View Drive South in Des Moines, the Windermere office at 401 SW 152nd St. in Burien or at the Angle Lake Family Resource Center in SeaTac at 4040 South 188th St.

Highline Music4Life is an ongoing community-wide activity to acquire musical instruments, supplies and repairs for low-income elementary (fourth and fifth grade) students in Highline Public Schools. It is a collaboration by Highline Public Schools, the Rotary Clubs of Des Moines, Burien-White Center and SeaTac, the Highline Schools Foundation and many individuals and businesses that are partnering to expand music education for all children in the Highline School District.

This year the Des Moines Farmers Market will be held at the north end of the Marina, which is located at 22307 Dock Ave South.

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