Denham Springs Junior High Receives Repaired Instruments

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA - "We're gonna act like nothing ever happened. These kids deserve the experience that they expected and were doing it. It's awesome," said Ryan Benoit.
The power of music can be felt during Ryan Benoit's band class. Benoit said the August flood damaged or destroyed everything inside his Denham Springs Junior High classroom.
"It's the hardest of my teaching year, to be honest, keeping the program afloat, worrying about my kids non-stop. I know it sounds cliché, but they're my kids," said Benoit.
To help him give his kids a positive experience, Tipitina's Foundation, out of New Orleans, refurbished more than a dozen damaged instruments and cases.
"We obviously love giving back to Louisiana and putting musical instruments in schools and it seemed like a natural fit to reach out to the Denham Springs and Baton Rouge area considering all the issues that were going on because of the flood," said Oliver Doxtater, Director of Development for Tipitina's Foundation.
And the students said they're relying on the music to help them.
"It's gotten me through a lot of tough times, even though I'm only 13, but playing it is relaxing," said Lauren Sibley.
"It's been scary, emotional, and also happy because you understand that not all things, the things that don't really matter, your family matters the most, and that no matter what happens, you'll be a family forever," said 12 year old Logan Patterson. 
For more information about the Tipitina's Foundation, visit

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