POSSCA (Patrons of South Sound Cultural Arts) donated 34 instruments to local school districts and music teachers on Thursday. The donations were made possible through the Cultural Assistance Program for Students (CAPS), an innovate partnership between POSSCA and local Rotary Clubs, who donated $10,000 through their fall Clean Water/Cool Jazz Festival. CAPS donates new and refurbished musical instruments to students who may not be able to afford an instrument or rental, but show exceptional talent or interest in music. "Music and the arts help students perform better in other areas," said POSSCA president, Darren Mills. "Ironically, during budget reductions, it's always the arts that are first to be cut."