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Nick's Heroes: Desert Sounds founder helps kids through music

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Posted at 7:14 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 22:14:07-04

Through the low notes and the high notes, one person has been here to help these students re-write the symphonies of their lives.

"Music is a tool," explains Jennifer Crews. "But music is also beautiful and it's a wonderful language and it helps you see the world in a vastly different way."

Crews is the founder of Desert Sounds, a non-profit that gives Valley kids access to the arts. Since it was created in 2008, Desert Sounds has introduced thousands of Arizona kids to music.

"I see kids come here that are shy, that are quiet and afraid of their own shadows and they can't look you in the eye," Crews said.

"She's so compassionate about what she's doing," explains Shelley Watson. "And the kids look up to her and they wouldn't be where they are without her."

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