Osceola School District Launches Music Helps Heal Campaign To Provide Musical Instruments To Students Displaced By Hurricanes
Osceola School District Launches Music Helps Heal Campaign
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Music Helps Heal Project Banner ImageThe School District of Osceola County and Live Music Tutor Inc. have launched a new Music Helps Heal initiative that helps the students displaced from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by using the many benefits of music as part of the transitional therapy. While local and state government and the community continue to come together with initiatives that provide many of the basic needs such as clothes, food, and school supplies, the Music Helps Heal initiative focuses on the emotional and social areas that will be the catalyst for personal recovery and lifelong success for students. With over 2,600 displaced students arriving in Osceola County and 25-50 additional children arriving daily, the need is great. Support is being solicited to raise funds to purchase instruments and provide bilingual music instructors and music therapists to supplement what the schools’ music educators are able to do for the displaced students. This support can come by way of financial assistance, instrument donations, and/or benefit concerts.
 
"Our new students may not speak English, but they DO speak music. In the band or orchestra room, there is a language that immediately unites them and gives them a sense of belonging,” said Debbie Fahmie, Osceola School District’s Fine and Performing Arts Resource Specialist. “Many of these students are living with distant family members so the sense of family is lost, but in the music room they instantly become a part of a like-minded family. The district’s arts programs are welcoming these students with open arms. The problem is getting an instrument put into their hands. The demand is so great, that the existing inventory of school-owned instruments has quickly depleted. During this time of transition, inclusion in a school or after-school music program can offer these disadvantaged students so many therapeutic benefits. Until the children feel safe and accepted, it is hard for them to learn academically.”
 
"It is critical to find ways to support the efforts of these fellow U.S. residents as every day students are arriving and need our help,” said Ted Gee, President of Live Music Tutor Inc. “We would like to engage Osceola County and all of Central Florida in helping with the efforts to assist these students going through this disruption in their lives and give them a place of comfort that we believe the universal language of music will provide.”

For more information about the Music Helps Heal project or for donation information, visit www.musichelpsheal.org.
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