Chaffee Trail rocks music education thanks to ukulele donation

Updated: Apr 9, 2019


March 8, 2019 - When Chaffee Trail Elementary’s principal, Casie Doyle, saw her son struggling in school, she knew there had to be a way to help him.


Following the advice of professionals, Doyle encouraged her son to learn the guitar. He learned to decode music and recognize patterns, which helped him with reading and comprehension.


Doyle said she reached out to her Facebook community in hopes to provide her students the same experience as her son. Little did she know, Kids Rock the Nation would see her post.


The organization’s founder, Anthony Wild, gifted Doyle’s son his guitar years ago. Through Kids Rock the Nation, Wild donated 20 ukuleles to her students.



Doyle said she hopes the ukuleles can help students who have the same reading and comprehension troubles as her son.


“It’s going to reach those kids that need a place to be more creative thinkers,” said Doyle. “Even if it helps just one child. A ukulele can make all the difference in their education.”


This is the focus of Kids Rock the Nation – to better child education through the power of music. Wild told Team Duval News that academics and music aren’t the only lessons being taught through his organization.


“We also lecture kids on being confident,” said Wild. “We tell them ‘you can be anything you want to be, but you have to work hard for it’.”


Organizations like Kids Rock the Nation make a big difference for music education in the schools.


Thank you to Kids Rock the Nation for the generous donation. Rock on, Chaffee Trail students!

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon

© 2019 Duval County Public Schools