SMS seeks old, forgotten musical instruments
Do you have an old musical instrument just taking up space and collecting dust in your home? Then Sunridge Middle School wants to take it off your hands!
SMS is seeking community members’ old, dusty and forgotten musical instruments for use in the Sunridge music department. This year, there are more Sunridge students wanting to take a band class than the school has instruments available. While many students are able to afford rentals from a local music shop, others cannot.
SMS Principal Matt Yoshioka said the school has a small budget each year for renting instruments to students who can’t afford to purchase or rent their own, but that funding stream is already on track for depletion by the end of the year. While Sunridge does does own some instruments that it checks out to students, most are very old and require frequent repairs.
“The great thing about musical instruments is they really last a very long time and can be used to benefit the education of the students for many years to come,” Yoshioka said, noting the school can provide a tax write off sheet for those who donate.
Anyone who would like to donate an old musical instrument may drop it off at the Pendleton School District Office, 1207 SW Frazer Ave., or Sunridge Middle School, 700 SW Runnion Ave. If you need someone from the school to pick up the instrument, please contact Sunridge at 541-276-4650 to provide an address.