Instruments donated in memory of fifth grader

FLINT TWP. — A donated cornet and flute, accepted by the Carman- Ainsworth Board of Education at a recent meeting, are the newest musical additions to the Kyle Hart Fund.

The fund was established several years ago in memory of a fifth-grade band student who died suddenly, said Suzanne Miller, C-A coordinator of K-12 music.

“We found that students and families who are more financially challenged could not afford to be in the band,’’ Miller said about the founding of the Hart fund.

“Over the years, it has made it possible for so many students who would not have been able to play and it honors the memory of a charming young lady.’’

Donated instruments that are in good shape are refurbished and made available for students to use. Most of the ones that are not playable or would cost too much to repair are turned into lamps and auctioned off with proceeds going into the Hart fund to purchase more instruments, Miller said.

She added one parent has taken on the job of converting the unusable instruments into lamps but more volunteers are needed for a growing pile.

“If someone wants to do that, we’d love to have them,’’ she said.

Donated band instruments, like any item of value donated to the schools, must be formally approved by the school board, Miller said, adding that cash donations also are accepted.

Anyone interested in donating an instrument, cash or service to the Kyle Hart Fund can call Miller at 810-591- 6236.

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