80 ukuleles donated to Neah-Kah-Nie

By Jordan Wolfe

Eighty ukuleles have recently found their way to Neah-Kah-Nie middle and high schools.

While in Maui last year, Rockaway Beach resident Sugar Brosius said she entered a contest on Facebook that requested participants to write in their favorite school.

She wrote “Neah-Kah-Nie.”

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“I wanted them to win because I’ve been wanting to get the ukulele into Tillamook County. They are so fun. I am hoping some kids will just pick it up and get totally immersed.”

Brosius added there was some mix-up of which school was awarded the ukuleles.

“I contacted the company and they said ‘No big deal. We’ll send ukuleles to both schools.'”

After finding out Neah-Kah-Nie was the recipient of the prize in January, Brosius said shipping and handling, along with some information getting lost by the company, prevented the ukuleles from arriving earlier at the Rockaway Beach schools.

Brosius said that, while it is too late in the school year to begin lessons, she still hopes to next year.

Dr. Heidi Buckmaster, principal of Neah-Kah-Nie High School, said, “Thanks for the great donation and thinking of us.”

She added that the staff are already talking about creating a school-wide production featuring the ukuleles for next year. Other possibilities with the instruments include learn-to-play sessions and will be implemented into the middle school’s music exploratory class.

“We’re looking forward to ukulele playing at lunch.”