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    October 23, 2008


    Eva M. Price

    Dear Create WV,
    I won't be able to attend your terrific conference but I am very much in support of the fact that we need to be active in creating those things that touch our heart, bring us forward, set something in motion and open opportunities for young learners. Fourteen years ago I started teaching classical string instruments in Martinsburg, a town I was told was focused on football and marching bands and I was warned that I most likely wouldn't be very successful with that.
    Today Berkeley County has almost 500 string students, three student orchestras of various ability levels and string classes are taught in all intermediate, middle and high schools. The community has embraced that effort and our high school quartet has played for countless weddings and receptions. We are sending high school students to WV Honors orchestra and WV All-State Orchestra and HS graduates go off to study strings in college. I believe that innovative efforts are worth the hard work and that WV children and youth can be as successful as students in other places.

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