SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 25, 2013

Plummer Home gets music grant


The Salem News

---- — SALEM — Teens at the Plummer Home for Boys will be making even more music, thanks to a grant the nonprofit received last week.

Businessman Ernie Boch Jr.’s Music Drives Us foundation donated $5,000 to the Plummer Home, some of which was put toward a new digital drum set.

The remainder of the grant will go toward music lessons for the teen residents.

The Plummer Home’s music program started in 2007 with the donation of a used piano and has grown from there. The home produces an annual album featuring the talents of the Plummer boys. The teens released their fourth CD this winter.

The Plummer Home for Boys, on Winter Island Road, is a group home and provides support services for at-risk boys age 13 to 18.

“Through music, the boys at the Plummer Home learn coping mechanisms, communication skills, discipline and the feeling of accomplishment that comes from working hard at something they enjoy,” the Plummer Home said in a press release.

Music Drives Us seeks out organizations and individuals that are interested in using music as a tool to effect positive changes for people in need.

— Bethany Bray