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Feb 01, 2017

Musical Instruments Wanted

By Lori Draz

Emma Singleton has been a Girl Scout for 11 years and has earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards. Now she is going for the gold โ€“ the Girl Scout Gold Award, that is. The Gold Award project is equal to the Boy Scout Eagle program. For her project, she has chosen to build a music curriculum at the Boys and Girls Club in Red Bank. Studies show that kids who participate in the performing arts dramatically increase their future academic success while developing independence and collaboration. The kids who participate in the Boys and Girls Club program will be given access to instruments as well as musical instruction. Emma is seeking donations of gently used instruments and sheet music for this program.

She developed the idea after she met with Dr. Jared Rumage, Superintendent of Red Bank Public Schools. Since taking his post a few years ago, Dr. Rumage built a music program for the elementary and middle schools, but he was concerned that not as many children are taking part in the extracurricular music studies. Emma proposed that if kids have a relaxed, non-school atmosphere where they can try out instruments and talk to older kids who play, as well as receive free basic musical instruction, they may continue their studies at school and beyond.

All instruments in good condition, from tubas to guitars to violins to triangles, would be happily accepted. Instruments will be collected through March, and can be dropped off at the Boys and Girls Club on Bridge Avenue or at 36 Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven. You can contact Emma at (732) 997-8895 or