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Kindergarten students Tucker Dayberry and Ella Beasley take their turn in putting their instrument kits together to use during music class.

SOUTHSIDE — Kindergarten through second-graders at Southside Elementary have gotten the school year started off with a “bang.”

Due to COVID-19, the music room has had to take a different approach in creating music.

Thanks to donations from Citizens Bank, Harris Hearing Center and Ozark Information Services along with many Southside parents and employees, students have put together their own personal instrument kits to use during music class.

Dawn Harris, Southside Elementary School music teacher, said this idea was created by other music teachers in the hope of containing the spread of germs. Using the normal classroom instruments wasn’t possible this year due to having to use harsh chemicals to try and sanitize some of them. Harris referred to these items as unconventional instruments.

“They range from cut pool noodles that mimic the sound of sandpaper blocks, cups and dowel rods for drumming, to sealed eggs filled with Mardi Gras beads and used as shakers. An overwhelming favorite ‘found sound’ is a popsicle stick used to scrape a piece of corrugated cardboard.”

Harris said her mother, Alva Franks, has been a huge help in the process, from making 350 jingle bell bracelets to writing all the students’ name tags.

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