WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Some students in D.C. have new instruments to play thanks to a donation from IBEW Local 26 and CBS EcoMedia. Organizers say the donation is part of an effort to reduce the trend of budget cuts eliminating music programming from inner city public schools.
Thursday morning, the students at the Brightwood Education Campus on Nicholson St. received the instruments. You can see the students playing and singing Rihanna's "Diamonds" in the video attached to this article.
A grant from IBEW and EcoMedia to non-profit Little Kids Rock will fund free music classes for more than 1,700 public school students, say organizers.
Little Kids Rock gives free music instruction, instruments and teacher training in public schools. It will use the grant to train 20 new teachers and provide professional development to 13 existing Little Kids Rock teachers this year. Organizers say the donation will also help pay for as many as 500 additional instruments, including guitars, drums, bass guitars and keyboards in D.C. public schools.
According to officials, the donation will effectively double the size of Little Kids Rock's Washington D.C. chapter.