Nearly two dozen Springfield Public Schools students will soon be given musical instruments courtesy of a local charity.
Play It Forward SWMO is donating 22 gently used instruments to kids in need. The original plan was to give away 12 instruments. But when district teachers nominated almost twice that many students, charity organizers couldn't say no and put in the extra work to secure an instrument for each child. That's something SPS Fine Arts and World Language Coordinator Breana Kavanaugh says can mean to the world to kids who love music.
"For the kids that are part of music, some of those kids, that's the reason they get up and go to school in the morning," she explains. "Because they're not into math. They're not into science, and this is the one thing that they love and that they can feel good about themselves doing and can be part of a team doing it."
If you'd like to help other area kids who need an instrument, you can drop off gently used, playable items at Springfield Music or Car-Fi. If you'd rather make a cash donation, go to playitforwardswmo.org and click on the "Get Involved" tab.