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Kilninver Primary School parents and children are trying to raise £840 each term for music lessons for the children.
There is currently no music tuition provision in the school budget, and a small number of instruments lie unused.
So far the children, with the helpof parents, have produced a recipe-book of sweet treats, staged a successful panto and are now organising a karaoke night in Kilmelford hall on October Friday 26. They will also be washing cars for those attending the Kilmelford Hall craft fair on Sunday November 4 and doing a Burns-themed quiz on January 25.
With many fomer pupils from the school pursuing music either as a profession or as a serious hobby, the teachers and parents thought it was a shame the current crop of youngsters could not benefit as their predecessors had from this important life skill and shared cultural heritage.
Louisa Llewellyn, a member of the school parent council, explained: ‘We only have 20 households in the school family so raising £840 each term is a tall order. However, everyone is keen to ensure the children get the chance to enjoy and appreciate making music from a young age.
‘We have been turned down for various grants and other sources of funding but are busy applying for more and are very lucky to have had some tremendous support from local businesses in Oban, Kilmelford, Arduaine and Seil who have been exceedingly generous in donating prizes for raffles.
‘Plus, we have had some heartfelt donations from individuals to our Just Giving page (search for Kilninver Primary School) – all of which will help us hit the target for the coming term’s fees.’
If successful, the plan is for the music teacher come in one day a week and work on an individual and group basis with all 26 children, from pre-school through to primary seven. So far, the children have loved their music lessons – the evidence for which might be on display at the karaoke night.