Talk about a “Joyful Noise!” That is what Dr. Kevin Perry brought to one lucky student at Northport K-8 School recently. Northport eighth grader Zachary Davis was surprised by Dr. Kevin Perry, the SLPS Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Fine Arts. Dr. Perry is part of a delightful group of local citizens called Bluebird Educational Productions. Dr. Perry, along with group founder, Darryl Bey, love music so much that they started a group called “Recycling In the Key of Education” or RIKE for short. The group collects used musical instruments from local citizens who gladly donate and then have the used instruments refurbished into beautiful, shiny nearly new pieces.

SLPS band directors then select students who will benefit by owning their own instrument.  Dr. Perry said that the recipients of the musical instruments are spread around all schools so that not just one school receives all instruments.  Zachary was so overwhelmed by the generosity of “Recycling in the Key of Education” that his eyes filled with tears. He said, “It’s a miracle! A white glove too!” Many thanks to Dr. Karen Crocco who encourages and teaches the joy of music every single day @Northport.