If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of music filling the auditorium aisles. After spending the past four years fundraising to purchase a replacement piano, E.T. Richardson Middle School has a new Yamaha piano thanks in part to the Springfield Area Educational Foundation (SAEF).
As Kathleen Boyer recalls, it was a long process in obtaining a new piano. The process began about four years ago when the E.T. Richardson staff discovered their current piano, which had been there since the school first opened to students, was no longer producing a majestic sound. This prompted the staff to inquire about repairing the piano. But when they heard it was going to cost around $20,000 for repairs, the staff looked for an alternative option and ultimately decided to pursue purchasing a new instrument.
With not enough money in the Springfield School District budget to purchase the piano, SAEF stepped in to help the music department. SAEF receives donations from Springfield alums and allocates the funds to help programs and projects that benefit the school district and community that taxpayer dollars no longer cover.
Between SAEF and the Springfield School District, enough money was raised in two years to help bring a new piano to E.T. Richardson. The decision of choosing a new piano wasn't taken lightly as a representative from Cunningham Piano Company—the oldest Philadelphia piano company—was brought in to evaluate the auditorium to determine what piano would provide the best sound to listeners. After listening to their representative's recommendations, the music department purchased the Yamaha 6'1" Grand Piano.
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