The music program at Marshall High School received a major gift this week. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Orchestra Director Kevin Lines:

Kevin Lines

Lines was recently contacted by a former high school history teacher.

“He had an aunt. And her name was Helen Staub. And he was her caregiver towards the end of her life. And she talked about some of the things that she would like to do with the funds,” said Lines. “And she felt very strongly about making a donation to the music department at Marshall High School.”

Staub recently passed away at the age of 105. Her nephew, David Nelson, kept her wishes in mind, and gave $10,000 to the music program.

Lines and the other two music directors have not yet decided how to use the funds.

“We’re going to sit down next week and try and come up with something that will benefit as many people as possible. And will have a long-lasting effect. We don’t want to have something temporary that will just kind of be here and gone. We want something of this magnitude to be known for many, many years to come. So we’re hoping to come up with something that will be a tangible thing from her wonderful donation.”

The check was presented at the Board of Education meeting Monday night.