Hackett Elementary's music program gets a special Christmas delivery

Justin Udo
December 21, 2019 - 4:00 am
Students at Hackett Elementar get new instruments.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia elementary school's music program is able to turn up the volume thanks to a special gift.

Autumn Welton has two loves and she spends a lot of time with both of them.

"I play the clarinet and piano," she said. 

The fifth grader at Hackett Elementary School in Port Richmond says the school has helped her develop her musical tastes.

"I love when it's soft, and then sometimes when it's like really hard and I really like the different tones of it," she said. 

So Autumn was excited earlier this week when the indie rock band Mo Lowda & The Humble stopped by her school to drop off 30 ukuleles, different kinds of drums, as well as some chimes.

"It makes me feel very, very, very happy, because I love music," she said excitedly. 

Through the nonprofit organization Can’d Aid, the band's Jordan Caiola says they've been able to deliver instruments to eight different schools around the country.

But the Temple University graduate says nothing beats being able to give back at home.

"We just have a ton of fun playing music, and that's exactly what we're trying to show these kids what it could be," he said.

Administrators with the school say the gift will help their music program flourish.