Music To The Rescue

On Friday, November 9, human rights activist Andeisha Farid comes to Christ & Holy Trinity Church (7 p.m.). She’ll talk about the orphanages she runs in Afghanistan. She shelters and feeds children, provides them with an education — and introduces them to music.

That intrigued Teen Vital Voices, a Staples service club. Members wanted to help.

They came up with the idea of collecting new or “gently used” small musical instruments.

In Westport, says club president Alexis Teixeira, many children start out learning to play an instrument, but then stop.

An Afghan orphan learns to play music.

“There are probably many instruments sitting in basements or attics collecting dust,” she notes. “I thought, ‘Why not ask for them to be sent to Afghanistan, where our country is already trying to make a difference.'”

Alexis contacted Staples librarians and David Winer, music supervisor for the district. They thought it was a great idea.

The librarians have set up the Staples library as the collection center for students to drop small instruments. Winer contacted all the teachers in Westport elementary middle schools, to get them involved.

Though the drive officially takes place starting Monday (November 5-9), Alexis already has already received a few instruments.

New or gently used small musical instrument may be dropped off at any Westport school’s music department with the note: “Teen Vital Voices, SHS (Andeisha Farid).” To make other arrangements — or for more information — call Alexis Teixeira at 203-256-8684.

2 responses to “Music To The Rescue

  1. This musical instrument drive shows once again how the teens at Staples High School are eager and willing to help make a difference in the lives of others (witness all the help provided by students around town since Sandy struck). Bravo to Teen Vital Voices and to those of you who donate an instrument or two!

    Westport is lucky in yet another way: the remarkable Andeisha Farid will be speaking not only in Ridgefield but also right here in town, on Friday, November 9th from 7-9 pm, at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Come hear more about her amazing work on behalf of the children of Afghanistan!

  2. Andeisha Farid will also be speaking in the Branson Hall at Christ & Holy Trinity Church on Friday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m.