SOURCE: The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

March 02, 2010 14:00 ET

Amphitheater at Clark County Surprises Seven Local Schools With Donation of More Than $150,000 Worth of Instruments

Mayor, Superintendent and Clark County Commissioners Join Students at Discovery Middle School to Receive Instruments to Support Music Programs

VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) -  There was music in the air from Portland to Vancouver today as a surprise donation of instruments was presented to students at seven area schools thanks to a donation from The Amphitheater at Clark County and the efforts of The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.

Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt, Vancouver Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Webb and Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke, Marc Boldt and Steve Stuart were on-hand at Discovery Middle School in Vancouver to kick-off the surprise donation, which also happened simultaneously at Boise Elementary (Portland), Covington Middle School (Vancouver), Hathaway Elementary (Washougal), Orchards Elementary (Vancouver), Parkrose Middle School (Portland) and Ron Russell Middle School (Portland). Joining the Mayor, Superintendent and County Commissioners were Dan Braun of The Amphitheater at Clark County and Tricia Steel from The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation.

"All of us at The Amphitheater could not think of a better way to give back to the community than by working with The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to bring much-needed instruments to music programs at schools throughout the Clark County, Vancouver, and Portland areas," said Braun. "Budget cuts are resulting in schools having to reduce or in some cases eliminate their music programs; it is essential that we support music education and all the benefits it brings to children."

Working with sponsors such as The Amphitheater at Clark Country, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates both new and refurbished instruments to school and after-school music programs that lack the resources to keep up with equipment loss due to attrition, depreciation and wear over time, and to accommodate students on waiting lists or who have to share instruments. An infusion of instruments enables more students to participate and to experience a quality music education. It is vital that efforts are made to give youngsters every tool available within the small window of time when they can make the most of their education, and experience the benefits inherent in learning to play music.

The Amphitheater at Clark County, located in the Portland metropolitan area, is an 18,000-seat venue in Ridgefield, Washington. Since its opening in July 2003, The Amphitheater at Clark County has attracted high-caliber and diverse acts, such as The Police, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Journey, Kenny Chesney and many more. Audience comes from all over the Pacific Northwest and the venue has attracted people as far away as Australia. More information is available at www.amphitheateratclarkcounty.com.

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools, community music programs and individual students nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. More than 500,000 students across the country have benefitted and thousands of instruments have been donated to 1,067 school and community music programs across the country. More information can be found at www.mhopus.org.

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