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#GivingTuesday 2020 - Charmaine and John Parsons from Dan Schmitt Gift of Music

This podcast is a part of our Giving Tuesday series and today we talked with Charmaine and John Parsons from Dan Schmitt Gift of Music. Their mission is to provide youth with free instruments and music lessons, after-school music programming and outdoor education opportunities emphasizing food independence, environmental sustainability and a connection to the natural world. Gift of Music has purchased guitars and other instruments for students to use along with free music instruction in a variety of formats. In addition to this instruction, the Fund has donated instruments to youth in Michigan (Keweenaw and Kalamazoo), and in Southern California and interior Alaska through Gift of Music satellites. Gift of Music has also worked with community foundations and local schools to bring music to students in after school formats. They also work to provide outdoor education opportunities to students in the Keweenaw peninsula through a cooperative effort with area schools. Instruction in gardening, and in making apple cider and maple syrup take place here on our farm, along with outdoor writing activities and wildlife observations. Donations are being accepted through December 1st.