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Vera Risdon: The name behind the school, the voice behind the music

For Vera Risdon, who served as an educator at Renton School District for nearly 50 years, the mission is simple — stock the music shelves with as many instruments as possible.

As construction of the new middle school hits the final stages, Risdon — the namesake of the school — has partnered with Friends of Renton Schools for an instrument drive.

“(The drive) is inspired in part by the fact that music is my passion and vocation, and has been for a lifetime,” said Risdon. “Although there is district funding for musical instruments that comes with the school, it is not sufficient to provide for all the students might want. The combination of those two factors led us to collaborate to make this happen.”

Risdon’s passion to stock the music shelves dates back to her middle school days.

“When I got to middle school, I wanted to be in…

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