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A Hamilton County teacher wants to help music programs survive in Louisiana schools after many of them shut down due to the devastating floods in August.

Cathy Dunstan, a 30-year music teacher, is collecting musical instruments to send to schools in need at the end of the month.

"I'm seeing this sea of water and seat-backs sticking up, the stage was flooded you couldn't see any of the stage," said Dunstan.

A Facebook group for music teachers tipped off Dunstan to the dire need in many flood-ravaged classrooms. She saw pictures posted by teachers, who are just now being allowed back inside their classrooms.

"And it hit me, oh my goodness they're going to lose all of that stuff," she thought, "All the instruments they had they had either floated away or they were destroyed."

So Dunstan, being 500 miles away, is now asking her local community for help.
She's collecting gently-used musical instruments from anyone willing to donate.

"If they lose their instrument and they can't get one this year, they lose a whole year's instruction and they might not continue," Dunstan said.

The biggest need is for orchestra instruments, most commonly used in band class.

"For the most part it's going to be your trumpets, trombones, flutes and then stringed instruments like violins, violas and cellos," said Andy Bailey of Giant Steps Music Corp.

All instruments can be dropped off at Giant Steps Music in Hixson (3841 Hixson Pike). They will appraise it at fair market value and provide you with a donation receipt for tax purposes.

The deadline to donate is October 25. 

At the end of the month, Dunstan will take all donations down to several needy schools in Louisiana. Depending on the community response, she might be making more than one trip.

"In the end we're all Americans and we all care about each other and we just want their kids do well," Dunstan said.

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