“Our strings teacher Gail Rowland got these for us after I shared an article about several libraries throughout the nation offering non-traditional items — including musical instruments,” said Christie Brown, SLMS library media specialist. “We had a contest where the entire student body worked in homerooms to generate names for the five ukuleles. The only naming requirement was it should be a character from a young adult novel.”
The students selected the following names: Ponyboy from “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton; Harry from the “Harry Potter” series by J. K. Rowling; Percy from the “Percy Jackson” series by Rick Riordan; Katniss from the “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins; and Tobias from the “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth.
The musical instruments, which are Waterman ukuleles, were donated by KALA Brand Music Company to both the Summit Lakes and Lee’s Summit West High School Ukulele Clubs. The ukulele cases were donated by Legacy Music of Lee’s Summit.
For the last few years, Summit Lakes has offered a popular Ukulele Club, sponsored by Gail Rowland with the assistance of Darla Nelson, sign language interpreter at Lee’s Summit West High School. Ms. Nelson, who also sponsors the Ukulele Club at LSWHS, initiated requests for the ukulele donations.