Mar 6th, 2017

Robin Marshall

Dear Janet Bloch and The Lindsey O'Brien Kesling Wishing Tree Foundation,

I would like to start out by saying thank you from the bottom of my heart, Without the generous gift of the violin grant, (for the past 2 years) we never would have known the extent of the benefits from Will playing the violin. Everything from improved self-esteem, confidence, desire to learn more, improvement in school, and to further enrich his love for music.

He started playing drums at the age of five. The new Pine opened, and he instantly gravitated to Art. Soon after, he discovered piano. We realized he learns quickly, loves music, and has a gift. Then one day he came home and asked to play violin, I thought it was a passing phase. He came home from his first lesson and begged for his own violin, asking every other day starting in January (2014). It was the only thing he wanted for his birthday, he got his wish. He sits in his room and just loves to play, it truly is a beautiful thing.

Another incredible benefit is being able to hear and feel sound through the violin, Will has health problems with hearing certain sounds, which translated into spelling and vowel issues. Through the tones of the violin, possibly the way it is played, he feels the sound. He has never had bad grades but has to study twice as hard as someone who hears the sounds normally. His spelling and reading skills have improved, and his math is straight A's. After all, music is math, and math is music. I just wanted to let you know how grateful we are, and some of the positive effects your generous gift has given our family, and our surrounding community,

Yours Truly,

Robin Marshall - Michigan City, Indiana