Every year since 2005, Rusty Rocket has donated to children, students and music programs in need throughout southern Maine, and our goal is to continue to do so for years to come.
In 2007, we were able to give $500.00 to a Kennebunk college student that is studying music education, which assisted the student in purchasing books for the spring semester. Yearly, we continue to grant a scholarship at Kennebunk High School for a college bound student planning to study music. Not only did we donate iPods to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in 2007, but we continue to check in with the hospital to be sure they have enough iPods for all of the children who are in for treatment.
Every spring, Rusty Rocket sends out applications to elementary, middle & high schools in Cumberland and York counties of Maine. Our board of directors reviews all applications and decides which schools will be recipients based on need for their program, dedication to their students and passion for music. Rusty Rocket believes that music is a gift - and with the gift of music, you have a gift for life.
For a copy of the application, please click HERE!
*please fill out the form and either mail it to the address at the top of the application or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org*
October 7, 2011 ~ Maine Academy of Modern Music ~ Jeff Shaw
Rusty Rocket donated to the Maine Academy of Modern Music students with an entire back line, which included a Yamaha drum kit, Marshall guitar amp, and an Ampeg bass amp. We presented MAMM with this donation at Bayside Bowl, where they kicked off their MAMM JAMS Concert Series, which is specifically for their teen bands to use throughout their entire 2011/2012 MAMM JAMS Concert Series!
We were also really excited to donate to Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, Maine!
November 2, 2011 ~ Spring Harbor Hospital ~ Richard Charity
Ed Tech Richard Charity heads a music class at Spring Harbor for students K-12, who are part of the developmental delay program, with the students being diagnosed with Autism and mental illness. Music for these students provides them with input they crave and need, such as sensory input, movement and dance, and the pleasure of just listening to music! We provided the program at Spring Harbor with 4 acoustic guitars and an array of handheld percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, tamborine and shakers. The students were thrilled, as were we!
Laura Drown, Ty Drown & Matt Shardlow of Rusty Rocket present Gina Harmon & Richard Charity of Spring Harbor with their donation on November 2, 2011.
In 2010 we were lucky enough to raise enough money to donate to 3 Southern Maine schools in need!
October 12, 2010 ~ Harrison Elementary School ~ Judy Harrison:
Ms. Harrison is the general music teacher/chorus director at Harrison Elementary School, in Harrison, Maine. We presented her and one of her chorus classes with a Sony 5-disc CD player, a Sony receiver and a pair of Sony speakers. Ms. Harrison's use for this equipment is specifically to use with the "pick-a-track" option that their Music Connection CD's offer. We were more than delighted to present her class with this gift that really worked well with her lesson plans and we were also able to surprise her with a $500.00 check to purchase additional items that she was in need of!
Judy Harrison of Harrison Elementary School and Laura Drown of Rusty Rocket stand with the new Sony CD player, receiver and speakers that Rusty Rocket donated on October 12, 2010.
October 21, 2010 ~ Greely High School ~ Kevin Rollins:
Mr. Rollins is the band instructor at Greely High School, in Cumberland, Maine. We presented one of his 9th - 12th grade band classes with 4 new Yamaha C-40 acoustic guitars. Mr. Rollins' goal with our donation was to introduce guitars into his curriculum, which his students were more than excited about!
Two of Mr. Rollins' students practice on the new Yamaha guitars that Rusty Rocket donated on October 21, 2010.
December 10, 2010 ~ Westbrook Middle School ~ Krystle Smith & Nancy Murray:
Mrs. Smith is the band instructor and Mrs. Murray is the chorus instructor at Westbrook Middle School, in Westbrook, Maine. We presented their 6th, 7th & 8th grade band and chorus classes with 10 new acoustic Fender Squier Guitar Packs to assist in the teachers' efforts in reaching students musically who are not yet part of the music program at the school. Their hope through our donation of the guitars that they will be able to use them in classroom instruction & collaboration between the two programs.
Chorus instructor Nancy Murray and band instructor Krystle Smith of Westbrook Middle School stand in front of the 10 acoustic guitar packs donated by Rusty Rocket on December 10th, 2010.
In 2009 we were very fortunate to raise enough money to donate to 4 separate Southern Maine schools in need!
November 13, 2009 ~ Biddeford Intermediate School & JFK Elementary School - Andrea Wollstadt:
Mrs. Wollstadt is the chorus instructor at BIS and the general music teacher at JFK, both in Biddeford, Maine. We presented her 4th & 5th graders with a USB microphone, with the intention of having her students composing their own music with programs such as "Garage Band" and also to record what they've done! We were also able to provide her kindergarden class with a small guitar, with the intention of providing the students with an opportunity to learn how to play at an early age, as well as in a music therapy setting.
Elijah Gosselin of Biddeford Intermediate School plays the trumpet into the USB microphone and his younger brother, kindergardener Aiden Gosselin of JFK, plays the acoustic guitar. Both the USB microphone and guitar were donated by Rusty Rocket on November 13, 2009.
November 24, 2009 ~ Biddeford Intermediate School - Jillian Cote:
Ms. Cote is the band instructor for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders at Biddeford Intermediate School. We presented her band program with a $500.00 check to assist her in either buying instruments or helping students rent them. Ms. Cote's longterm goal is to provide every needy student with an opportunity to play in band at BIS.
Rusty Rocket's Scott Danis, Biddeford Intermediate's band instructor Jillian Cote
and chorus teacher Andrea Wollstadt.
December 17, 2009 ~ Acton Elementary School - Catherine Finch:
Mrs. Finch is the former general music, band and chorus teacher for K-8 at Acton Elementary in Acton, Maine. Since having a child, Mrs. Finch has decided to be a stay at home mom, but her application made such an impact on Rusty Rocket, that we were more than pleased to have given to a very deserving program, regardless. We donated 18 acoustic Fender Squier Guitar Packs to start a guitar program to a program that has endured music program budget cuts by more that two-thirds from 2007-2009. And we couldn't have been happier doing it!!!
Please see the newspaper article from Sanford News here.
Students from Acton Elementary's K-8 school learn to play the acoustic guitars donated by Rusty Rocket on December 17, 2009.
January 13, 2010 ~ Casco Bay High School - Kathie McCatherine:
Ms. McCatherine is the music teacher at Casco Bay High School in Portland, Maine. We donated a $500.00 check to the 9-12 grade music program so that an African Music Program can be studied at the school. Casco Bay High School is an urban school with much diversity and 25% of the students are of color. In her application, Ms. McCatherine asked for a djembe drum, 2 congas, music and and African music CD and book, so our donation was to aid in the establishment of this program. It is the school's hope that the new program will allow the African American students to share their heritage with the other students and teachers and will spark the participation and curiosity of the entire community. Rusty Rocket hopes for the same!
Scott Danis and Laura Drown of Rusty Rocket present music teacher Kathie McCatherine
of Casco Bay High School a $500.00 check on January 13, 2010.
On November 17th, 2008 we were very pleased to present George Shabo of Old Orchard Beach's Loranger Middle School with 24 Fender Squire Guitar Kits for his 4th, 5th & 6th grade music program. The department endured some major budget cuts this past school year, and it was in desperate need of some help. We couldn't have been happier to be able to donate to such a program and to an individual with such a passion for teaching kids the gift of music!
Scott Danis of Rusty Rocket helps Brendon Norwood get ready to demonstrate
one of 24 acoustic guitars donated to the school by the Rusty Rocket Foundation
Monday in Old Orchard Beach.
In June of 2007 at the 5th Annual Tribute to JD concert, we were able to donate a number of instruments to 3 different music programs at schools throughout southern Maine. It was a very rewarding experience to present the following instruments to the music teachers for their music programs which were in need:
Massabesic Middle School - Hagstrom Electric Guitar & Fender Amp
Email info@RustyRocket.com if you have an instrument you would like to donate to our instrument program.
We would like to send out a big Thank You to Buckdancers Choice of Portland and Midtown Music of Biddeford all of their support & generosity!
Also, in March of 2008 we presented an iPod nano to Olivia Sayer, a 5 year old girl from Kennebunk who was diagnosed with a brain tumor for the second time. Unfortuntately, surgery is not an option, so for six weeks Olivia underwent proton radiation therapy in Boston, Massachusetts. We feel that presenting her with an iPod enabled her to listen to her favorite music and helped her stay positive and upbeat during her hospital stay. We also presented the family with a $500.oo Sunoco gift certificate to help with travel expenses.
Olivia Sayer and her new iPod Rusty Rocket's Lisa Danis presenting
Olivia with her iPod
We cannot continue to grant these charitable donations without your help! So, please support our cause by attending 8th Annual Tribute to JD on June 12th, 2010 and/or participate in the tth Annual JD scramble this fall (see more information on the Events Page), or contribute on-line now! Or if you prefer, you can mail a check or money order to Rusty Rocket Corp. PO Box 2688 Kennebunkport, Maine 04046.
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