Lincoln Public Schools receives $122,000 in musical instruments from national foundation

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Thanks to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, some Lincoln Public Schools students will receive new musical instruments.

Three elementary schools and two middle schools received $122,000 worth of instruments.

One of those schools is Goodrich Middle School.

It is getting 17 new band and orchestra instruments worth $26,451.

The school will receive:

  • Three trombones
  • Two 14-inch violas
  • One 13-inch viola
  • One double bass (½ size)
  • Two alto saxophones
  • Two trumpets
  • Three ¾-size violins
  • One ½-size violin
  • One cello (¾ size)
  • One tuba (¾ size)

The foundation donates to schools where students have access to a music curriculum but lack the resources and support base to keep up with equipment loss.

Sarah Baker, Goodrich’s seventh and eighth grade orchestra, said she loves being able to say yes to students when they want to learn something new.

“I like to give them a lot of control over what they’re learning and how they’re learning it so it helps them be independent problem solvers, critical thinkers,” she said.

Eighth grader Yman Saleh is moving up to high school, but he is happy LPS is going to be able to give students some new instruments.

“Because kids who can’t afford one, or kids who need one, they can easily pick the instrument,” he said. “It might get more kids motivated as more other kids join it could help orchestra grow through the next generations.”

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