The love of music will be shared on Saturday when members of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), the Butler University national music sorority chapter, will be collecting items to donate to Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS).
When members of the local chapter of the sorority meet on campus for their annual Province Day, members will be collecting instruments, cleaning clothes, rosin value oil, CDs of classical musicians, and original scores as part of their annual service project.
Butler student Jenna Small, who is studying instrumental music education, believes the project is a natural match for Province Day.
“Music is a fundamental aspect that every single student should have the opportunity to be involved in,” she said. “However, there is an unfortunate financial barrier that often exists. This makes it difficult for every student to have equal access to participate in music programs. Our hope is that the materials we collect will help students get the resources they need to immerse themselves in this incredible art and discover their potential. “
David Newman, the fine arts instruction coach for IPS, is looking for music-related items in good condition to further the education of the district’s students.
“This is yet another example of the many partnerships the Enrichment Team and IPS Fine Arts are utilizing throughout the community to bring much-needed supplies and instruments to our programs,” he said. “We hope to expand music in those buildings that do not currently have a music option and provide equity of opportunity to those students. Butler University and SAI have valued partners in this endeavor, and we hope to strengthen our collaboration going forward.”