By Christina Mayo

Music can heal and help people everywhere.

The creative minds behind South Florida-based 1308 Productions hosted an inspirational party for the music class at Ruth K. Broad/Bay Harbor K-8 Center at which they also donated keyboards and amplifiers to the school

The group used the opportunity to recognize the school’s music educator, Onil Rodriguez, and his devoted and talented students.

“The students showed great interest in continuing with their music education in high school, and keeping music as a part of their lives in the future,” Allison Novack, co-founder of 1308 Productions, said in email.

Novack spoke to the class about “the importance of music education, public service and reaching out to people in need everywhere.” She also told the music students about 1308’s support of youth music, live performances, scholarships and programs.

The students enthusiastically responded, she said, with “many questions, keen attention and appreciation for everything that 1308 Productions and the Novack family does for schools, students and educators.”

“It was a wonderful experience for our students,” Rodriguez said. “We are so very thankful for the support, the instruments, the encouragement and the amazing effort to open the minds of young people to the needs of others.”

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