FLINT TWP. – Kids at the Little Rascals Childcare and Learning Center held fundraisers all last week to raise money for the Kyle Hart Fund, benefitting Carman-Ainsworth students who need band instruments but can’t afford them.
The Kyle Eileen Hart music memorial fund was created to honor the memory of a 10-year-old, fifth-grader, in her first year of band at Rankin Elementary when she died suddenly in 1999.
Little Rascals’ Charity Week is an annual event, according to Mary Simmington, center director. The children conducted a different event each day including bake sales, a bounce house, a lemonade stand smoothie sale and color run.
Little Rascals daycare got involved about eight years ago in supporting the Kyle Hart Fund when one of its students arrived one September morning with tears in her eyes, according to details posted on the daycare’s Facebook page.
The tearful student said she was upset because she would not be able to join the school band because her family was dealing with some challenges.
Simmington got in touch with C-A music directors Benjamin Jones and Sue Miller to find out what could be done to help the child.
That same student bounced off the bus later that day all smiles. She was holding an instrument supplied by the school.
Thanks to the Kyle Hart Fund, countless other children have had the opportunity to be part of the school band. C-A offers an Instrumental Music program for students in grades 5 through 12.
Donations to the Kyle Hart fund are accepted year-round. Instrument donations also are welcome. For more details, contact Sue Miller 591-6236.