Gidley and Potrero Schools to Receive Muscial Instruments
El Monte City School District’s Gidley and Potrero Schools will soon receive new musical instruments, thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
With many school music programs across the country losing vital funding, the Foundation helps under-served schools with minimal budgets by donating new instruments, often replacing some that are more than 30 years old.
Applications for support were submitted by David Carden at Gidley School and Victor Williams at Potrero School. The Foundation found their programs to be a worthwhile investment, allowing more students to be able to play and experience the benefits of music education.
EMCSD Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia said, “As a district we have committed to music education for all of our students from kindergarten to eighth grade. These instruments will be a great addition to our existing program, enabling more students to go farther in their music education. We take pride in the Foundation’s appreciation for our school board’s recognition that music has an impact on student achievement and success.”
“Learning music in school is a way to engage kids and give them something that makes them better students and better people,” said Felice Mancini, President and CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. “They deserve every tool available to help them receive a quality education, and we want to insure that music is in that toolbox."
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. The organization was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus and founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for the movie and countless others. In the last 20 years, over 20,000 instruments have been donated to over 1,360 schools across the country. More information can be found at www.mhopus.org.