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Jammer’s School of Music Gives Kids One More Reason to Practice

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Jammer’s School of Music’s latest fund-raiser offers a neat idea for parents looking for one more good way to get kids to practice their instruments. (Sorry, but getting them to eat their peas is another story.)

The school is holding a practice-a-thon, during which students solicit friends and family members to pledge a per-hour amount for time they spend practicing. The fund-raiser runs throughout May and will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

“A customer asked if I’d done any charity work lately and suggested I should get involved in work with children,” said Jerry Mandell, owner of Jammer’s. “My motivation is to see healthy kids at the school help not-so-healthy kids at the hospital.”

You could look at it this way: as kids are getting better, musically, they’re helping other kids to get better, physically. Students simply invite sponsors to make either an outright donation or a $1 per hour pledge to help the hospital. The per-hour pledge has a cap of 30 hours, so while students are certainly allowed to practice more than that, sponsors aren’t required to pay for those additional hours.

“It seems that sports teams are always conducting fund-raisers,” Mandell said. “But this is one of the few times I’ve heard of anyone using an art to help others. We’re hoping that other artistic groups and schools will be inspired to follow suit.”

For more information about Jammer’s School of Music, located at 2149 Buffalo Road, in Gates, contact owner Jerry Mandell at (585) 247-9180, or visit

For more ideas on fund-raising to help the hospital, visit

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