December 13, 2013
On a recent December evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Woodwind Chamber concert at the Governor’s School for the Arts. As I settled into my seat in the Smith Recital Hall, a well-dressed quintet marched to the center of the stage, and graciously acknowledged the applause. The five talented students were from across the state, each from different ethnic backgrounds. They were focused, committed, and most importantly working together to play wonderful music. As I listened, I thought - this is who we are.
In the middle of this quintet sat a charming young man, performing with great joy. One of the few music students selected for early admission in his 10th grade year, he is now fulfilling his musical promise, thanks to the generosity of our donors. He has given me permission to tell his story.
After receiving a scholarship for the summer program, he "loved the school" and told his family he wanted to attend the high school. As a truck driver and often gone, his mom was reluctant to allow him to audition. With caring for her mother and two other children, times were tough for this family and she needed him at home. In the end she allowed him to audition.
Using a clarinet borrowed from his home school, his audition was successful. Your generosity provided him with a scholarship to the residential school. Our clarinet teacher loaned him an instrument and your donations provided the tuxedo needed for his concerts. No way could this student’s family afford the tuxedo, and especially an instrument. But this child knew that if he wanted to study clarinet in college, he needed his own instrument. He entered contests and competitions and even found a fund raising website where he could tell about his need for a clarinet to the public. Soon, a musician from his hometown of Sumter heard about his efforts and donated his valuable, seldom used clarinet. Suddenly, one of his greatest wishes came true!
His dream was to attend the Governor's School and with your faithful support, this became a reality. When a family's resources are exhausted, your generosity makes it possible to feed the student, provide a tuxedo or shoes or coats, nurture the student's talent, and prepare him or her for the future. We never turn away a student because of a family's limited finances. Your support means a student's talent is never wasted; instead, a young artist has the opportunity to walk proudly with his classmates and play beautiful music.
Your tax-deductible gifts sustain the Governor's School and provide life-changing experiences. A gift of any amount will be used wisely, and I am most thankful for your consideration of my request. Your generosity melds with the sounds of a soaring clarinet to create music of thanksgiving from a grateful Governor's School community, and especially from a smiling, joyful young man.
Bruce R. Halverson, President
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
P.S. As you consider supporting the Governor’s School Foundation, please keep in mind
that we accept gifts of stock, and have planned giving strategies in place. Please call
Cathy Jones at (864) 271-8808 for more information.
Posted on Fri, December 13, 2013
by Cathy Jones filed under