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We're keeping instrumental music alive in our Redwood City Schools!
With your help we were able to raise enough money to help keep the Instrumental Music program alive for our middle school students this year. Now we must act once again to raise close to $95,000 to save this critical program so that next year's middle school students don't lose all the academic, cognitive, and social development benefits that come with learning to play an instrument in a group.
Stock up for summer on May 23, 2012 at Redwood City Whole Foods Market, and 5% of proceeds all day go to benefit the Save Our School Music campaign.
Education budget cuts never stop, and neither does Save Our School Music. March marks the kick off of the 2012 Join The Chorus Campaign to raise a minimum of $95,000 to keep music for our middle school students.
You can help!
We are seeking twenty $1,000 donors, who will be thanked with a private recital and their names in the spring concert programs. Can you be one of those 20 people? Do you know someone who could be? Let us know!
And as always, donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Or respond to our appeal letter - coming soon.
We are also partnering with the City of Redwood City again to present 4th of July Parade Run, which last year brought in more than $20,000 for music. More news on the campaign will come soon!
Please contact us if you can help!
$10,000 MATCHING GRANT SUCCESS! 9/20/11
Thanks largely to the efforts of SOSM volunteer Georgia Jack, we were able to match a $10,000 challenge grant made by an anonymous donor to help our music students. The September 5% Day at Whole Foods Market generated more than $5,000 toward this goal.
Music Teacher Saved! 8/1/11
Thanks to another outpouring of support from school families and our community, the RCEF was able to again provide funding for one of the District's three music teachers. To keep this program viable, three teachers are needed, and we are happy and relieved that we could step up to save the program.
The 2011 Save Our School Music campaign generated $75,000 of this funding, and the RCEF contributed the remaining amount from our reserves. This means in 2012, we will need to raise the full amount through our campaign, as the reserves may not be enough to carry us through.
RCEF raises $4,000 at Districtwide Music Festival 5/16/11
Parents and family enjoyed a evening of jazz, band, and orchestra numbers May 16, 2011, thanks to our district's brilliant and talented music students and their equally phenomenal teachers. In addition to giving up their applause, audience members gave generously to our Save Our School Music campaign, raising $4,000 in all. We thank our students, teachers, and parents for helping keep music alive for our kids!
Rescue Music 911 Campaign 5/11/11
All three music teaching positions have been eliminated from Redwood City School Districtís 2011-12 school year. The reluctant vote by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday night, May 11, effectively silences instrumental music for nearly 800 students in grades 6 through 8. Most keenly affected are the districtís low-income students, estimated at about 75 percent of program participants, for whom music is often the one bright spot in their day as well as an enhancer of academic, cognitive, and social development skills. Read our press release
Music Alive and Well in Schools Thanks to Community-Based Effort — The Spectrum, November 2010
RCEF Parade Entry Wins Prize! 7/4/10
The first ever Save Our School Music Marching Kazoo Band rocked the 2010 4th of July Parade route with stirring renditions of the Rocky theme and Yankee Doodle. The band took 2nd prize in the category Miscellaneous Novelty Youth Group. The band also carried a banner to let the thousands in the audience know about the RCEF and our music campaign.
"Music puts a smile on my face. I have a lot of friends Iíve met because of band. My grades have gone up. Iím on the honor roll now. Music makes me feel smart."
Kennedy Middle School Student
"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician ... I get most joy in life out of music." Albert Einstein
"We learn to work together as a group. We have to learn to balance tones and play in tune and play notes at the right time so we donít mess everyone up. It takes a lot of skill." Kennedy Middle School Student
"Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district." Nina Kraus Professor of Neurobiology, Northwestern University
"Without the people that come from Redwood City our band would be much smaller and we may not have enough students to have a band at our high school." Sequoia High School Music Student
"Why Music and Arts Education" Community School of Music and Arts