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.
“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.