PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation) thanks the extraordinary students in the Mann School Student Council and the Junior Girl Scout Troop 45147 for taking action demonstrating compassion and helping others. 

The students worked with their teachers, troop leaders, and advisors to create an event to help PING! They told us they wanted to “help other kids.” The Girl Scouts have started an instrument drive at Mann School (921 N. Kenilworth, Oak Park) to collect gently used band and orchestra instruments that PING! can loan to students in districts 97, 90, and 200 whose families cannot afford to rent an instrument. 

On Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a student chorus, band, and orchestra concert as well as a bake sale at the school. The Student Council will be accepting monetary donations at the door, as well as selling baked goods. The proceeds will be used to provide music enrichment and instrument support for PING! students. The caring and hard work of these Mann students is representative of what our community is about — helping each other and making sure all children have the chance to succeed — and should be applauded.

Ginger Yarrow

PING! board president

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