Pass the drumsticks

I really LOVE writing for the Tacoma School District website. So many cool and inspiring stories to tell. I recently wrote about the Lincoln High School Drumline after two nationally known pros, Ralph Nader and Harvey Thompson (below), spent a weekend coaching and inspiring drumline members.

Tacoma Public Schools.  Sheridan Elem. School  5th grade teacher Jennifer Fagan uses Microsoft Teams application allowing students and teachers to participate in online chats and to work on projects online together. Photos by Russ Carmack

Their visit was made by possible by a spontaneous $1,500 donation to the drumline by a Tacoma couple, Dan and Margaret Hannula, who were “blown away” after watching the drumline perform at a community event. I was also blown away by the dedication  and thoughfulness of the students and by the energy and commitment of their director, Peter Briggs.

Here’s a quote from Dan Hannula about why he and his wife reached for their checkbook. The quote didn’t make it into the story, but probably should have. “Sometimes we hear negative things about the youth of this country, and how many problems we have, but I saw all these young people who were enthusiastic and talented … and very wonderful representatives of Lincoln High School.”

True that!

 

 

 

 

 

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