SMITH RIVER- Smith River Elementary School is reaching out to the community to help save its music program. Like many schools in California, Smith River Elementary is scaling back due to budget cuts; and its music program is feeling the pain. Band Teacher Marshall Jones said, "When the economy went south we had to make changes and one of those changes we had to eliminate was the K-4 program."
The music program was cut back during the 2009-2010 school year. Smith River School is a K-8 school, however music classes are only available to students in 5th through 8th grades. Jones added, "so when that happened kids were not getting the basics in music. So now when my fifth graders come into band they don't have that background like they did in the past." Now, Mr. Jones and school officials want to change all that.
The school wants to bring back the music program, but first they need help from the community. School officials are asking people to donate their old instruments. The school needs everything from small instruments like flutes, to larger ones like saxophones. So far the community has donated 12 instruments. If you would like to help out you can contact the Smith River Elementary School at 464-0370.