Senator Robert Byrd was a man of character and strength. His legacy in the Senate will have an impact on West Virginia and the rest of our country for years to come. While all of us remember how much he loved West Virginia, the Senate and his work, the Appalachian Education Initiative also remembers he loved the arts as well. Music, poetry and oratory were part of his everyday life. Images of Senator Byrd playing his beloved fiddle, speaking with feeling and reciting poetry remind us that the pleasures we take from the arts stay with us all of our lives. This is a time to remember that children who participate in the arts learn creativity and self confidence that will enhance their lives, even into careers as exceptional as Senator Byrd’s.