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via Cleveland19:

Garfield Heights City Schools has launched a musical instrument drive to help supply instruments to fifth grader students showing an interest in band.

“It’s really challenging for the songs, but when you finally get a song you feel accomplished and really good,” said Journey Smith, who’s learning how to play the saxophone.

Smith is one of the 40 fifth graders taking advantage of the band program.

At the fifth-grade level it’s optional. Lessons and practices are take place before school at 7:15 a.m. harp.

Last year, all lessons took place at Maple Leaf Elementary.

This year, fifth graders can do the work at their home school.

The change has resulted in more boys and girls showing an interest.

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