Saving the Music in WV

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Seven years after the VH1 Save the Music Foundation started providing shiny new instruments to West Virginia students, the nonprofit group is set to complete its goal of equipping public schools in all 55 counties.

Through various donations, the New York-based foundation has given $1.8 million in instruments to 59 schools in 48 counties.

On the 2016 list are schools in Braxton, Hancock, Lewis, Mineral, Taylor, Tyler and Webster counties.

Webster County High director of bands Lewis Woodard says the donations will give some students an opportunity to play an instrument that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.

The Save The Music Foundation was established in 1997 and has provided more than $52 million in new instruments to nearly 2,000 public schools nationwide.