Dr. B's Musical Instrument Fund helps provide musical instruments for students for whom the cost of buying or renting an instrument is a challenge. Learn how you can support these students.
National and local statistics show that participation in music programs keeps children connected to school and correlates directly with high graduation rates. The Olathe School District provides students the opportunity to explore music education programs starting in fifth grade. For many, this is the first step in a lifelong love of performing. However, the cost of renting or buying an instrument is an obstacle difficult to overcome for some financially struggling families.
Because every student who wants to play should have that opportunity, the Olathe Public Schools Foundation launched Dr. B’s Musical Instrument Fund last fall. The fund allows the Olathe School District’ Fine Arts department to purchase new and used instruments and to renovate donated instruments, with a goal of maintaining a consistent inventory of musical instruments available for loan to Olathe students.
Dr. B’s Musical Instrument Fund was named in honor of Dr. Alison Banikowski, on the occasion of her retirement after 32 years with the Olathe Public Schools. Dr. Banikowski began her career as a music teacher and spent many years in a leadership role where she championed equal opportunities for all students.
Help grow this fund and meet the need for instruments in Olathe. Make your tax-deductible gifts online or mail your gift to OPSF, 300 E. Loula, Olathe, KS 66061.
Have an old instrument to donate?
The Olathe School District is accepting donations of used band and orchestra instruments to place in the hands of students who might not be able to rent or purchase an instrument of their own. Instruments that are especially needed include: clarinets, flutes, trumpets, trombones, violins, and violas – however other instruments are certainly accepted as well! Donated instruments can be repaired, if necessary.
Donating a musical instrument is tax deductible. Instruments may be dropped off at the Instructional Resource Center 14090 S. Black Bob Rd. For additional information contact Martha Gabel, District Fine Arts Coordinator, 913-780-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.