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$60,000 in Harps Donated to Local Schools

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- A $60,000 donation from a local woman means will help complete high school music programs in the area.

In 1989, Jerry and Annabelle Wall donated a harp to the Kennewick School District.

On Monday, Annabelle donated six more harps to area high schools, meaning every high school in the area, including the new Chiawana High, will now have a rare harp in it's music program.  

Wall hopes the harps will open new doors in life for high school musicians in the area.

"Maybe the teachers will call me and say, 'Well, x is going to go to Washington state, they gave her a scholarship,' that would be nice," she said.

"The acoustic nature of a string instrument when you actually hear the strings resonating and feel that is really fantastic.   It can't be replicated by a synthesizer electronically," added Russ Newbury, the new head of music programs for the Pasco School District.

Since the original donation, a number of area students have gone on to win scholarships and even receive Masters Degrees and Doctorates for their work on the harp.