Teachers & Schools Who Have Benefited
Reading, Writing & Rhythm is a non-profit
organization formed to raise funds for music education in public schools.
“When we initially started this project, our goal was to raise $5,000 per
year,” says Chely Wright. In the short time since its inception and with the
assistance and aid from its partners, the National Association of Music
Education (MENC) and Yamaha, the foundation has raised nearly $400,000
providing schools in small markets with sheet music, a variety of
instruments, PA equipment, sound systems, grants to participate in
competitions, to buy uniforms, and enhance music teachers’ salaries.
Wellsville, KS - RWR provided
guitars to start a new guitar class, gave a new sound system, provided a
grant to start a Fine Arts Dept, and gave band instruments to benefit over
50 band students.
Big Sandy, Montana - Provided a new studio piano for the school system.
Whitsett Elementary, Nashville, TN - Provided band & wind instruments
for several hundred elementary school age children.
Caruthersville, MO Junior/Senior High School - Provided band equipment &
supplies to benefit several hundred band students.
Forest Park, GA, Middle School -
Donated a large selection of band instruments to start a new elementary
Granger, Wash, school District - Donated a large number of large and
small band instruments to expand their music program in a particularly needy
Caruthersville, MO, High School - Provided instruments and other
equipment to improve the music program.
LaCygne, KS, Elementary School - Provided an autoharp for a teacher who
is bringing music programs to her early education students.
Quigley, Canada - Provided a trumpet to a talented young music student
Wellsville, KS - Provided a brand
new studio piano for the new Wellsville, KS, Elementary school.
Lost Creek, WV, High School - Supplied a tuba with case to their
Kotzebue, Alaska is an Eskimo village
north of the Arctic Circle. The village had neither funding nor the
instruments to begin a music education program. The Reading, Writing &
Rhythm Foundation donated a guitar and amplifier, flutes, clarinets and
saxophones to the community learning center.
A middle school in Port Gibson, MS lost their school band program due to
lack of funding. The Foundation provided enough seed instruments (valued at
$5,000) to allow the middle school to reinstate their music program.
A bassoon and five student guitars were donated to a small school in
Horseshoe Bend, Idaho to enable the music teacher to start a children’s
An elementary school in Columbia, SC received seven small size violins, two
drums and eighty recorders to assist an enthusiastic and dedicated music
teacher to jumpstart an early music learning program.
Three pianos were donated to new schools in Belton, MO.
Searcy, Arkansas has a dedicated teacher whose objective is to reach her
students through country music. The Foundation donated autoharps, dulcimers,
guitars, violins and recorders to the Searcy Westside Elementary School to
aid her in accomplishing her goal.
A public school located in Covington, TN that focuses on the Arts, received
bell kits, snares, violins, violas, and a tuba to further their music
program and the school’s overall emphasis.
Pleasant Plains Middle School Pleasant Plains, Il 1 flute
Gardner Magnet Hot Springs, Ark 100 recorders
Flintville Elementary Flintville, TN Software, handbells,2 clarinet, 2
Horseshoe Bend School Horseshoe Bend, ID 5 student guitars,bassoon
Westside Elementary Searcy, Ark 2 autoharp, 3 dulcimer, 2 guitars, 4
violins, 100 recorders
South Kilbourne Elem Columbia, SC 5 violin ½, 2 violin, 2 drum, 80 recorders
Covington Arts Academy Covington, TN 2 bell kits, snare, 2 violin, 13”
LaHabra Music S&H LaHabra, CA ship sheet music, books
Horseshoe Bend MS Horseshoe Bend, ID 5 guitars, Bassoon
Moab Community School Moab, UT 125 recorders
Murfreesboro Elementary Murfreesboro, TN 260 recorders
Pleasant Plains Middle School Pleasant Plains, IL 1 alto sax, 1 flute
North Road Elementary Fenton, MI 90 recorders
Kotzebue Middle School Kotzebue, Alaska 3 flutes, 1 sax, 5 clarinets, 6 rpr
Kotzebue, Alaska Shipping for guitar
Port Gibson Middle School Port Gibson, MS 3 flute, 4 clarinet, 1 sax, 1
tuba, 2 trumpet, trombone
Belton Middle School Belton, MO Schubert studio piano and a Wurlitzer
Belton 9th Grade Center Practice Piano
All of us that work with the Reading,
Writing & Rhythm Foundation would like to thank Chely Wright for her
tireless efforts to continue to provide what we need to be successful in
getting instruments into the hands of those who truly need them.
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