The Chesterfield Public Education Foundation is pleased to announce the kick-off of “Strike A Chord,” a musical instrument drive to benefit student musicians in Chesterfield County Public Schools that began on Monday, April 29 through Monday, May 13. Musical instruments can be dropped off at any of the four Chesterfield locations of the YMCA of Greater Richmond – Chester, Manchester, Midlothian, and Swift Creek.
Chesterfield County Public Schools has a strong tradition of music and art education. The Chesterfield Public Education Foundation wants to make sure that every student that wants to participate in music education has the opportunity to do so. Instruments collected from the “Strike A Chord” drive will be distributed to students in Chesterfield County Public Schools who might not otherwise be able to participate in music education programs. Instruments with the greatest demand include: woodwinds, brass, strings, guitars, recorders, and drums. Music stands are needed as well. Please contact the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation before delivering large instruments such as pianos. The drive does not include electronic instruments.
On average, it takes $150 per instrument to professionally clean and repair an instrument. Financial contributions of any amount will make a difference and can be made online at www.CPEFound.org  or checks can be made payable to Chesterfield Public Education Foundation and mailed to:
c/o The Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3883
Richmond, Virginia 23235
“Strike A Chord,” is an Arts Smarts initiative. ArtSmarts is a collaboration of Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, area performing arts, visual arts and music organizations and generous individuals in the community. The purpose is to expand opportunities for students in Chesterfield County Public Schools to experience and participate in the visual and performing arts - dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Find out more about how to become a sponsor of ArtSmarts initiatives contact the Foundation at (804) 379-1551 or at www.cpefound.org .