By AnneMarie McPherson
Jackson Ledbetter of Haymarket, a rising freshman at Battlefield High School and a boy scout in Troop 581, is using his Eagle Scout Project to bring musical instruments to children around the world. “I want to make a difference with my project,” Jackson says, “and I want to change the lives of young children for the better.”
Jackson also wants the help of his community. For his Eagle Scout Project, he is organizing an instrument drive that will extend through September 30. “My reach will go over many different high schools, some middle schools, churches, music stores, and various social media sites,” he says. “Many households have instruments laying around in their basements that they haven’t used in years — my project will bring these instruments out of those basements and into the hands of a child who needs it.”
Instruments donated to the drive will go to Hungry for Music, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. “Hungry for Music then takes the instruments and distributes them to children all over the world who can’t afford instruments,” Jackson explains. He lists one example of an entire school in Haiti receiving brass, wind, and percussion instruments. “For example, only a couple months ago did they outfit a whole school in Haiti with brass, wind, and percussion instruments.” For more information about Hungry for Music, visit hungryformusic.org or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HungryForMusic.
Jackson welcomes the contributions of community members with musical instruments to spare. While his goal is to collect 80 instruments during his Eagle Scout Project, Jackson wants to exceed this number.
To donate an instrument, email email@example.com or drop off at Contemporary Music Center located at 4410 Costello Way, Haymarket, VA. (Hungry For Music does not accept upright pianos or harps.) Please attach the date and donor’s name and address to the instrument. The deadline for the drive is Saturday, September 30.