PEORIA, Ill. — The Salvation Army in Peoria is giving kids the gift of music.
It launched the Academy of Performance Arts a little over a year ago. It’s a program that teaches kids from first grade all the way to sophomores in high school new instruments ranging from the piano to the pickle bucket.
Thursday, the students performed a recital for parents and staff. Not only does the program teach them a new skill, it also helps the students grow academically.
“Since I started playing the piano, in math, I had low grades and then when I started playing the piano, I went up like surprisingly a lot and I made the honor roll,” Sterling Middle School fifth grader Fernando Avalos said.
The program is free, meaning students can pick up on musical skills for no cost.