Students accept donations to bring music to dementia patients

Students accept donations to bring music to dementia patients

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Everyone has a song that brings back a memory. Now, students at one Region 8 school want to use music to help those who have lost precious memories.

Westside journalism students are partnering with Music and Memory, a national organization that collects iPods, iTunes gift cards, and cash donations to bring music to those suffering from dementia.

The organization's work stems from extensive neuroscience research.

The students got the idea for the project after watching a documentary called "Alive Inside."

"You just see the power music has to make people happy," senior Triston Harlan said.

Haley Godebiddle, senior at Westside High School, said they were skeptical at first about the idea of music helping the elderly.

"But when you saw these people who were basically bedridden and wouldn't move dancing in their beds, I was like, I want to help do that," Godebiddle said.

Music and Memory's headquarters is in New York, but Triston says they hope to partner with local nursing homes to make a difference right here at home.

The project is in the beginning stages, but the class asks you to look out for flyers and other materials advertising when and where they will accept donations.

If you would like to help these students bring the power of music to the elderly in Region 8 or have questions, contact the Westside School High School at 870-935-7501 and mention this project.

You can also visit the journalism class blog at for a review of the documentary "Alive Inside."

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