PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - The story of 10-year-old musician Jahmir Wallace has inspired an act of goodwill by the Phillipsburg Performing Arts Association.
Wallace, a student at the town's Green Street Elementary School, was born without arms and has become a trumpet player in the school's band.
At Tuesday night's town council meeting, the PPAA presented Wallace with a certificate of merit, as well as a new trumpet.
"Although a beginner musician, his positive attitude and can-do spirit of accomplishment is inspirational to all who meet him," the PPAA said in its presentation. "His outlook on life and the arts should be a lesson for all of us."
The organization also honored Wallace's teacher Desiree Kratzer, awarding her with a $600 account at Dave Phillips Music and Sound to help support the Green Street music program.
The money came from a number of unsolicited donations prompted by news coverage of Wallace's story.
“Anyone that violates the public trust must be held accountable,” said Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.Read More »
- Christie on the radio? He says he'll consider his options
- Rep. Leonard Lance Town Hall gets loud
- Phillipsburg town officials need to make a decision ASAP when it comes to mold
- Man wanted in Hunterdon County on assault charges
- South Hunterdon School District addresses lead in schools
- New Jersey animal control officer arrested for sexual assault of minor
- Public memorial service planned for Al Boscov
- Man shot, killed by Reading police after allegedly pointing shotgun at officers
- Strong storms move through the region
- Police investigating morning shooting in Reading
- Police searching for missing man in Bethlehem
- Bethlehem police searching for missing elderly man
- Judge: Man charged in deadly stabbing will remain jailed
- Police work to bring back murder suspect who fled state with 6-year-old daughter
- Police: Driver owes nearly $13,000 in unpaid tolls, fees
- Motorists seeing slightly lower gas prices in New Jersey