This year was my first year in the Ardsley Middle School play and my second year in the Middle School orchestra. As school has gotten harder these programs have given me a creative outlet and opportunities to simply exist without thinking about my schoolwork. As music programs continue to get cut, so do opportunities for kids to funnel their energy into positive experiences instead of just sitting at home. VH1 Save the Music Foundation partners with public schools to create sustainable music programs, as well as support those that already exist. This is a cause I fully believe in.