Jan Stephens, of the Charlotte Community Foundation, donated a $684.41 check in memory of her son, Matthew Stephens, to the band program at Punta Gorda Middle School on Tuesday morning — the first day back for teachers.
Her son was killed in a car crash at age 19 on Interstate 75 near Toledo Blade Boulevard three years ago.
“Music was his life,” Jan said. “It’s really in his memory to keep music alive for those who cannot afford it.”
Band Director Scott Courtney, who will teach an estimated 280 kids in six classes this year, said band can be expensive with the cost of instruments and repairs, but it’s important because it helps kids stay well-rounded. He doesn’t like to turn anyone away, and he will stretch the money out by making repairs to the instruments they already have.
— Compiled by Sommer Brokaw