SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Less fortunate students in Santa Barbara are being given the gift of music thanks to a yearly instrument drive.
The Santa Barbara Education Foundation is continuing the tradition of collecting donated instruments to be given to students who normally could not afford to buy or rent their own.
Since 2008, the Instrument Drive has put instruments in the hands of students who want to learn how to create and appreciate music.
The donated instruments allow more students to participate in band and orchestra classes that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Santa Barbara Unified School District music instructor Karen Dutton says the program has helped some students reach their full potential and receive a more well-rounded education.
In a press release, Dutton spoke about one specific struggling student who used music to find his voice.
"[Sergio] came to Santa Barbara Junior High last year not speaking much English and not having played an instrument. He sat and listened for about a week and decided he wanted to play the trumpet.”
Thanks to the instrument donation drive, Sergio was gifted a trumped and within a few weeks had surpassed the playing ability of many of his fellow students.
Donations are accepted throughout the year but are preferred before the beginning of the school year, August 21.
Instruments can be brought to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation office at 1330 State Street Suite 201, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Instruments are inspected and refurbished before being given to students.
For more information about the instrument drive, visit the Santa Barbara Education Foundation's website.