TARBORO — North East Carolina Preparatory School (NECP) students are eager to participate in band; however, as a new public charter school in only its second year of operation, the program has a limited number of instruments available. When Edward Roberson and Sammy Anderson of Fountain, Roberson, and Anderson Insurance Agency heard about the need for funds to acquire band equipment, they stepped forward and presented a check for $250 to the school. “We believe that participation in the fine arts is very important for young people,” said Roberson. “ It helps them become well-rounded adults and we are pleased that NECP has placed emphasis on this area.” Anderson added, “We hope other businesses and individuals will join us in support of this growing fine arts program.” Band is an elective course available at NECP for grades six through nine. Under the direction of Carleton Hirschi, the current band classes are filled with 120 students. Over the summer break, the school offered a band camp and now has about 35 students preparing to participate in an extracurricular jazz band. The school is developing a marching band. NECP has only three instruments to loan; therefore, all band students are responsible for leasing or purchasing their own. “As a new charter school we have a limited budget, but in spite of that, we are creating a great music program,” said Hirschi. “We would like to have additional equipment, so all students who want to play in the band will be able to, regardless of their family’s financial situation.” All NECP elementary students participate in general music classes that lay the foundation for music appreciation and participation in elective courses in choral music or band in middle and high school. NECP has applied for several grants to supplement the fine arts program and will know later this fall if funds will be awarded. In addition, the school is soliciting parents and the community for donations of used band equipment that may be hidden in the back of a closet or tucked away in an attic. The school will refurbish the instruments as needed and provide a receipt for tax purposes. Individuals who would like to donate should contact NECP Director of Communications Diane C. LeFiles. North East Carolina Preparatory School is the newest and fastest growing charter school in Eastern North Carolina. It is a tuition-free public school open to all students from Edgecombe, Nash, and surrounding counties. The school opened in August 2012 and features an inspiring educational environment focused on academic excellence, strong parental support, and individual responsibility. The campus is located at 274 Husky Trail, Tarboro, NC 27886. For more information, visit the website: www.necprepschool.com
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