CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A nonprofit group is nearly three-fourths of the way to its goal of providing new instruments to schools in all 55 West Virginia counties.
Since 2009, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has arranged to equip 51 schools in 40 counties.
Foundation compliance manager Chiho Feindler says music programs at eight schools should have $30,000 in new instruments apiece by the end of this month.
West Virginia became the first entire state embraced by the foundation. The goal is to bring instruments to at least one public elementary or middle school in every county.
Schools getting instruments this year are in Calhoun, Logan, Mingo, Monroe, Preston, Raleigh, Ritchie and Wayne counties.
Band director Erin Tucker at Beckley's Park Middle School calls the donation a "big game changer."