Home » Opinion » Editorials
Making kids sing: By donating instruments
Manilow, who has a concert at the Verizon Wireless Arena on May 9, has donated a piano to the Manchester Public Schools. He wants others to donate instruments, too. His incentive: donate a new or gently used instrument, get two free tickets to his show.
We know, we know. This is really good publicity for his show. It also is good for a city school system that has struggled with tight budgets for several years. If Manilow's instrument drive makes more people aware of his show and sells a few more concert tickets, good for him. There is nothing wrong with doing well by doing good.
Nor is there anything wrong with public schools acquiring equipment via donations or sponsorships. They ought to do more of it.
Manchester's school board finally has agreed to raise money by selling advertisements on school property. Some say that taxes should be raised so schools do not have to do these things. The reverse is true. They should do these things so that taxes do not have to be raised.
Manilow does these instrument drives regularly. He believes that music education is important and should be a regular part of a general education. He is right. But that does not mean that schools should not seek voluntary sources of funding for it so they can minimize the local tax burden.
This kind of donation has been done before around these parts. In 2010, Fidelity donated $20,000 worth of instruments to the Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua.
Initiatives like these might not make the whole world sing, but they make music education a possibility for children who otherwise might never get it. That's worth recognizing, and assisting.
READER COMMENTS: 12
- Surprise, surprise: Obamacare funds abortions - 59
- Casino gambles: Hopes dashed all over - 8
- USNH's raw deal: Part deux - 2
- Every vote counts: Here is the proof - 5
- Burning rubber: And public dollars - 0
- Hassan was right: 'Bullying' bill goes too far - 12
- Strategery: A war by any other name - 28
- Freeh dumb: Favoritism in Vt.? - 6
- Public be damned: Litchfield latest example - 2
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Manchester family heartbroken after finding lost kitten was adopted from shelter, family refuses to return it - 2
- Body found under Manchester bridge identified as local woman - 0
- Chester deputy fire chief jailed for allegedly violating restraining order - 1
- Manchester police release photos of men they believe robbed mother, daughters at local Holiday Inn - 0
- Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom - 1
- Roger Brown's First and 10: Answers forthcoming - 0
- NHMS chief Gappens is on board with the Chase changes - 0
- Another View -- Ben Rose: How NH's John Stark helped defeat the British at Saratoga - 1
- Celebrating Claremont: A 250th birthday party - 0
Mark Hayward's City Matters: Dean Kamen is a genius inventor, and he's pretty good at oratory, too
Ayotte pushes bill to combat 'spice'
Casino gambles: Hopes dashed all over