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Katie’s Music Wish club at WVHS provides musical instruments to students in need

on October 1, 2015

Do you have an old instrument to donate?

Oct., 2015 – Don’t know what to do with that old violin or cello that has been collecting dust in your attic? Thanks to the Katie’s Music Wish club at Warwick Valley High School you can find a new home for that instrument and at the same time help a child who is not fortunate enough to afford one.

Katie’s Music Wish is a new club led by high school orchestra director Mrs. Keely Blaikner and her students at Warwick Valley High School. The club’s mission is to provide string orchestra instruments to children who have been unable to attain one due to a financial situation. The string instruments include the violin, viola, cello and upright string bass.

How to donate

All string orchestra instruments of any condition will be accepted. We encourage any additional parts including rosin, shoulder rests, instrument cases, and bows to also be donated. If you do not have an instrument a financial donation is also welcome. This financial donation will be used to purchase instruments, bows, cases and repair supplies for donated instruments. To donate an instrument or financially, please contact Mrs. Blaikner at: Even the smallest donation can make a big difference in a child’s life.

How your donation helps

Just this past month, four Warwick students have benefitted from the donations and will begin to learn to play their new instrument.

Students involved in Katie’s Music Wish club at Warwick Valley High School will learn basic repair of string instruments to keep them functioning, helping others for years to come.

Playing an instrument can have an extremely positive effect on a child’s life and development. Music has been proven to not only improve brain function but also encourage a creative and flourishing mind. Learning to play a string orchestra instrument shouldn’t be based on economic situations, and your donation will help a child gain these important aspects to learning music.

How to apply for a donated instrument

If you wish to apply for an instrument for your child please contact for an application.
Katie’s Music Wish’s mission is to provide students in the Warwick Valley Central School District with the opportunity to learn to play an orchestral string instrument by the donation of instruments to those students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford one. For more information about Katie’s Music Wish please email Keely Blaikner at


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