PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. As the Pretty Prairie school district continues to clean up and recover from April 13 vandalism to its band room, community support and donations from across the state and beyond have helped to spur that effort.
Friday, the band program received a big donation in time for its end-of-year concert next Friday (May 3).
Senseny Music partnered with Yamaha to donate a brand new digital piano, priced at $6,200.
Senseny Music CEO Lori Supine says band students in Pretty Prairie lost the use of at least one digital piano from the vandalism.
"So this is a great way to give them something they can use very day in their music programs," she says.
Pretty Prairie school district band director Evan Koch says getting a new piano "is probably one of the most important parts of the Pretty Prairie music program."
"I use the piano every day during choir practice," he says. "It's a daily instrument we use."
Pretty Prairie band student Caroline Miller says the gift from Senseny and Yamaha and the support from about 40 other high schools shines light from a dark situation.
"I think what happened to the band room was a very unfortunate incident, but it was amazing to me to see all the good that came out of that," she says.