SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Isabella Verga is the latest local Girl Scout to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.

Isabella's project was entitled, “Making Music Matters.” To educate parents and children about the benefits of music education to encourage more students to participate in it, Isabella held a booth at the Kenilworth Street Fair and the Garwood Rocks Street Fair. She invited friends to play their instruments and allow children to learn about them and try out the different ways to make music. Isabella, a rising senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, also created a flyer to hand out to parents outlining the many benefits of music education.

The second part of her project involved collecting no-longer-used instruments from people in Scotch Plains and surrounding towns to be donated to the Asbury Park Music Foundation. Through its “Music Saved My Life” program, the foundation refurbishes instruments and provides them to schools and programs for students who cannot afford to buy instruments of their own.

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"As an avid member of SPFHS's thriving music department, my goal was to spread the benefits of music by allowing as many students as possible to practice it," Isabella said. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.