Students involved in the music program at the Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education are busy getting their new room, dedicated to the program, ready at the Merriam Drive school.

BCOPE is an alternative high school that serves students who live in the nine towns of Regional School Unit 20.

Volunteer teacher Tim Woitowitz has been teaching drums at BCOPE each Wednesday for the past two years and band mate Joel Watson began volunteering to teach guitar last spring. Woitowitz and Watson are in the band Steel Rail Express.

Woitowitz said the plan, beginning in September, is to expand the program to include a chorus and he is excited about the idea of having his own classroom at the school. Video and photography courses are also in the works.

The students have been working to build dividers, paint and get the classroom organized and ready for use. Between 10 and 15 students participate in the program.

“The idea is to get the kids involved in fixing it — because if they are involved, they become a part of it,” he said.

Beginning next fall, Woitowitz said his ultimate goal is to teach a few of the same songs to the chorus, guitar players and drummers so they can organize a band and hold a concert.

To do this, the program is looking for donations of guitars, drums, amplifiers, microphones and a karaoke machine, preferably in working condition. Woitowitz said he would be happy to pick up the equipment.

To donate, contact Woitowitz at 567-3813 or BCOPE at 338-0261.