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Letter to the Editor: Donate Used Musical Instruments

To the Editor:

Hi, my name is Katherine Rausch. I am an Ambassador Girl Scout and am currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award project. A Gold Award project is very similar to an Eagle Scout project, for those of you who are familiar. For those who aren't, in short, it is a 50-plus hour community service project that the Girl Scout must design and execute.

As one part of my project, I am conducting a used instrument and music drive. The instruments will be donated to the Fairfax County Public School System to provide instruments for elementary, middle, and high school students who can't afford them but still wish to be involved in music through the school. The instruments don't have to be in superb condition and don't have to be cleaned prior to donating. Donations of instruments are tax deductible and receipts can be provided. The music will be used to make a library in the Creekside Community Center. This Community Center is located off of Janna Lee, on the other side of Rt. 1. Music for any instrument and difficulty will be accepted.

If you have an instrument you are no longer using, I hope you will consider donating it. They will be put to good use. If you wish to donate, you can bring the instruments to West Potomac High School during work hours and leave them with the band director, Steven Rice. You can also drop them off at my house, if that is more convenient for you. For larger instruments, or other circumstances, I am willing to pick them up for you. Regardless of which place you choose to donate, I wish that you email me first, so I know which instruments or music to expect and so that I can be home to accept your donations and write you a receipt.

I can be reached at katherinerausch@aol.com or 703-474-7443.

Thank you in advance for your help to make my Gold Project a success. It is greatly appreciated.

Katherine Rausch