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National Pawn donates dollars and instruments to DPS Middle Schools

For the third year in a row, National Pawn owner Bob Moulton has donated more than 100 instruments to the Durham Public Schools middle school band program, as well as a contribution of $2,000 for future repair and maintenance costs for the instruments. On Thursday, Lakewood Montessori Middle School and Rogers-Herr Middle School were the recipients of this year’s donation during a special ceremony held at Lakewood.  Student musicians from Southern School of Energy and Sustainability provided musical entertainment and band students who benefited from past National Pawn donations spoke about what band has meant to them.


DPS Board of Education Member Omega Curtis-Parker also spoke about the importance of the arts and encouraged students to work hard and do their best in band and in life.  Area superintendent Dr. Julie Spencer and Lakewood Montessori Middle School principal Sheldon Reynolds also spoke to the student body.


Moulton, a DPS graduate, was a band member while attending Lowe’s Grove Middle School, Neal Middle School, and Southern High School. “I am a proud former ‘Band Geek’ who knows firsthand what it is like to want to learn how to play, but not have an instrument,” said Moulton. “My parents could not afford to buy or rent me a new instrument so my first instrument was a beat up cornet purchased at a yard sale for $15. It was barely adequate to say the least. A year later I was able to purchase a better one at a pawn store in Durham. I want to help as many students as I can to realize their dreams of becoming musicians.”


This is the third annual donation of instruments to three Triangle school districts from Bob Moulton and National Pawn.  Last year he donated a total of over 400 instruments and $6,000 to Durham Public Schools, Orange County Schools and the Wake County Public School System. This year, instruments were also donated to Wake County and Orange County Public Schools, and to New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington.  The inclusion of New Hanover County Schools will put this year’s donation to more than 500 instruments and $8,000 cash.