Recently, third-grade participants in the El Sistema Colorado program at Garden Place Academy received violins, thanks to a generous donation from Colorado Public Radio. Below are some pictures documenting the first moments after the kids received their instruments. The pictures say it all.

[img src=”” alt=””]Talking about how those darn cases open
[img src=”” alt=””]Strings of the heart
[img src=”” alt=””]Commitment pays off
[img src=”” alt=””]It’s almost as tall as I am!
[img src=”” alt=””]Love at first sight…

Photographs by Brigid Mcauliffe and provided courtesy of The Piton Foundation.