Parent Teacher Magazine Gaston County Schools March/April 2018 - Page 8

School gets donation of musical instruments Pleasant Ridge Elementary received 100 musical instruments and a check for $2,000 from National Pawn Gaston County Schools has received a generous gift to support music education. National Pawn donated more than 100 musical instruments and $2,000 for instrument upkeep during a special assembly on January 10 at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School in Gastonia. The donation is part of National Pawn’s ongoing commitment to support school music programs. During the assembly, National Pawn owner Bob Moulton presented a $2,000 check and an assortment of instruments including guitars, trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, saxophones, recorders, and more to principal Glenn Cook. his parents did not have the money to purchase a new instrument and sought a used alternative. “We’ve all got to do our part to make sure children are able to seize music education opportunities,” said Moulton. “Being a member of my school’s band gave me a sense of community, an outlet for expression, and unparalleled team-building skills that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. Every donation, big or small, goes toward making sure every child has access to these same life-shaping experiences.” Moulton hopes his company’s program will inspire others to also donate their gently used instruments to local schools so students can benefit from having music as part of their education. “When the new Gifted and Talented Academy was established Pleasant Ridge Elementary School principal Glenn Cook talks to students here at Pleasant Ridge, we wanted Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey about the musical instruments donated to the school by National Pawn. an outstanding music program to Booker stated, “Not only is National enhance the curriculum for all of Pawn putting instruments in the hands our students,” said Cook. “With this of elementary children, the company is having an influence on our middle contribution, we will be able to expand the program with the ultimate goal of school and high school band programs. Students here at Pleasant Ridge will getting more students interested in band and music at an early age.” not have to wait until middle school to develop an interest in band, and we hope they will go on to be excellent musicians at the high school level.” As a child, Moulton said he wanted to participate in the school band, but Booker added, “The Board of Education joins me and everyone at Pleasant Ridge Elementary in expressing our sincere appreciation to National Pawn for investing in public education and believing in our children.” In addition to Gaston, National Pawn has donated more 3,000 instruments and $54,000 to schools in Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, and Wake counties. National Pawn operates a store on East Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia. 6 • March/April 2018 • Parent Teacher Magazine