BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) -- Every child can learn from having a musical instrument in their lives, but access to instruments is not a given for some children in foster care. A student at Roger Williams University is trying to make sure those kids aren't forgotten.
"It's a form of self expression," says Jason Rosa, a Roger Williams junior. "You can play songs that make you happy, make you sad, make you angry, whatever."
Rosa says he's been lucky to have access to musical instruments from a young age. It's a help in coping, for him: "Whatever you're feeling, you can just go along with that. That's a huge thing that I can just fall back into at the end of any day."
But through research, Rosa found many kids don't have the luxury of access to instruments, and therefore aren't able to practice and perform. During an internship with a non-profit group, Together We Rise, which benefits foster children, Rosa found the group didn't have an outlet for music.
"They had all these other programs [but] they didn't have music," he said. "I figured that all the sources of problems for foster kids -- for the most part, string from their emotional problems -- that music would be a big project -- and I'd love to actually get the chance to work on that and spread that."
Rosa is now raising money to buy instruments for local kids in foster care. Area music stores are already helping, by helping him locate discounted instruments.
"It's really not too expensive to get a full musical instrument in the hands of a kid who could really use it," he said.
The fund has raised three hundred dollars as of Oct. 11; the goal is to raise three thousand by December.
To donate, go to the group's fundraising page.
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