HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - Some high school students in the mountains will have more access to the arts thanks to the efforts of several organizations.
The principal of Leslie County High School, Kevin Gay, says their music department can use some upgrades.
"Some of the things are in need of repair, older instruments that we've had for several years," said Principal Gay.
But band members of Halfway to Hazard, with help from organizations like Concerts For A Cause, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Rob Bironas Fund, Picnic Hill Records, Gear Up, donated about $6,500 worth of musical instruments and equipment to the school on Friday.
"It's like Christmas Morning for us and them. I mean a kid that's never actually held a guitar or played a guitar or called a guitar their own, when they see that, the expression on their face is amazing," said David Tolliver, a member of the band.
At the donation ceremony, band members also talked about the event they started six years ago, the Crockettsville Charity Concert and Trail Ride.
The concert starts Saturday, and there will be a trail ride on Sunday. Proceeds will go to the Buckhorn Children and Family Services Center, and to scholarships for high school students looking to major in music.
"We're just so thankful that people are spending their hard earned dollars to come over and give to the charities. But they're getting a lot in return. We're giving them a great concert and all kinds of activities over there," said Chad Warrix, a band member.
Crockettsville is near the Perry-Breathitt County line.
Instruments were also donated to students in Pulaski County on Friday, also about $6,500 worth.
For more information about the event, visit http://www.crockettsville.com/ .