HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Three weeks ago, University of Southern Mississippi music education professor Amanda Schlegel launched a campaign to collect used musical instruments for students in Louisiana who lost theirs because of the recent historic flooding in the region.
So far, she's gotten dozens of donations, including, brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments.
Many have already been delivered to schools in Livingston, Ascension and other parishes.
And her campaign, now called, "Flood Them with Music," is continuing. Instruments are still being collected and a fundraising drive is ongoing at a local restaurant.
A "Flood Them with Music" Facebook page has been set up for folks who'd like to find out more about donating.
"What I have seen from people over the last several weeks, especially my students and colleagues, is how wonderful the human spirit is," said Schlegel. "(The campaign is) definitely about instruments, it's definitely about any kind of musical resource, we even take money, at this point and time, to try and help those schools."
Schlegel and some of her students will head to Louisiana this weekend to deliver more instruments and repair some that were salvaged from the flooding.