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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Symphony and the Thea Foundation are teaming up to help school kids get involved in the fine arts.

They launched their stringed instrument drive Tuesday with the goal of getting gently used violins and cellos into the hands of youngsters who can't afford them. Funds are tight for music programs, but Debbie Greenfield, a music teacher in North Little Rock, knows the good that comes when kids get involved in playing instruments.

"He would talk about the violin all the time in the classroom, and his teacher took the opportunity to talk to him about maybe taking that enthusiasm and applying it to his class work. He really took it to heart, and he actually made honor roll for the third nine weeks for the first time ever," Greenfield recalled of a child who benefited from music.

The symphony and the foundation have three ways you can help donate. The Thea Foundation said you can do the following:

Bring a gently-used stringed instrument to the ASO/Youth Orchestra Side By Side Concert on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Robinson Center Music Hall and get discounted tickets. Children attend for free.

Purchase a Violin Kit from Little Rock Violin Shop at a special campaign price of $250 (a $350 value). Supporters can purchase these kits online at http://littlerockviolinshop.com/InstrumentDrive or by visiting the store at 316 E. 11th Street in Little Rock. Little Rock Violin will deliver the kits to ASO for distribution to the schools.

Make a financial contribution towards the purchase of Violin Kits. This can be made at the Side by Side Concert or at http://littlerockviolinshop.com/Instrument Drive.

For more information on this drive, please visit www.TheaFoundation.org.

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