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Texas Foster Youth Seek Donated Musical Instruments
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 • Posted May 12, 2011

Kids In a New Groove is holding a Musical Instrument and Funds Drive from April 21- May 21, and community members are needed to help collect new and gently used instruments and donations for foster children in our program who have been abused and neglected. The Instrument Drive is sorely needed, as recent budget cuts now put Texas in 50th place for per capita funding of foster children.  

Texas-based Kids In a New Groove (KING) is a 501c3 non-profit that provides free private music lessons and instruments to children in the Texas foster care system, currently focusing on Central Texas. Our vision is to enrich and enhance the lives of foster children by nurturing their hearts and minds through music. Kids generally go into foster care because their options have run out due to unrelenting abuse or neglect within the home; this abuse can have negative long-term consequences that follow children throughout their lives. Kids In a New Groove seeks to change that by matching qualified teachers with youth who are currently in the Texas foster care system and providing more than music education; KING provides a mentor who helps build life skills through the power of music education.  

The arts can be a safe haven for kids who lack stability in their lives, providing motivation and stimulation, and instilling a sense of confidence and achievement.  Many children who participate in music programs improve their behavior and grades in school. Join us in our mission to help these valuable kids bloom with music. 

It is easy to participate: You can drop off donated instruments through May 21 at Strait Music’s north location (13945 Hwy 183 North at Hwy 620, Austin, TX 78717) or south location (2428 W. Ben White Blvd. at S. Lamar, Austin, TX 78704) Monday-Friday from 9:30am-7:00pm and Saturdays from 9:30am-5:30pm, or contact Stacy Russell at 210-373-4196 to make other arrangements for pick up. 

To make a financial donation to the Instrument Drive, please visit the website at www.kidsinanewgroove.org.

Kids In a New Groove is endorsed by the Blanco County Child Protection and Family Advocacy Board, whose mission is to encourage and promote activities that will benefit Blanco County children in court-ordered protective custody as well as underprivileged children in the community in need of services. This Board has provided musical instruments and lessons to Blanco County children in protective custody in the past and looks forward to working cooperatively with KING to better serve Blanco County children interested in music. One of our children in foster care is currently participating in and benefitting from the KING program. 

For the most up-to-date news, follow Kids In a New Groove on Twitter (Kidsgroove) and on Facebook. For any questions, or to participate in the Instrument and Funds Drive, please email shanti@kidsinanewgroove.org, or call 512-659-2154. Or contact Stacy Russell at 210-373-4196 or st_srussell@yahoo.com.  

With the support of our partners and community, we hope to raise $10,000 and collect 100 instruments between April 21 and May 21!

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