‘Play It Forward’ collects donations for local students

Instruments help students who cannot afford rentals

A benefit in our area collected something a little bigger than dollar bills.

The ‘Play It Forward-La Crosse’ program held a donation drive Saturday afternoon, inviting everyone to drop off their gently-used instruments at Valley View Mall. The instruments will then be given to the La Crosse School district’s instrument loan program and the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater La Crosse.

The goal is to get an instrument into the hands of children who want to learn how to play music.

“For those students that play, several of them over my long career have gone on to become professional musicians, teachers, and they have an opportunity to play on an instrument they couldn’t otherwise afford to rent themselves,” said Lincoln Middle School Orchestra Director Randy Mastin.

If you could not make it to the event and would like to donate an instrument, you can simply drop it off at the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra office on the second floor of the US Bank Building in La Crosse.