As a direct result of contributions from our community over the past few years, the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation has been fortunate to donate to our district the funds to continue the fifth grade instrumental music program.
In 2011, we were thrilled to see students from the entire district perform the national anthem before a Giants game at AT&T Park, and this year, students came together for the First Annual Bowlathon to compete for their school and raise money for the district.
While support for fifth grade instrumental music program is important, we’ve always felt the need to support all grades across all of our district’s elementary and middle schools.
A Musical Passing of the Torch
In response to the support for the return of a K-4 music program, it’s with great excitement that I announce the return of our music program to all grades!
For the 2012-2013 school year, the school district will provide financial support for a music program in grades K through 4, and our foundation will continue to support fifth grade music.
We applaud the district’s investment in our children’s future, and their confidence in the Education Foundation as we grow and take on funding responsibility for the district-wide music program. The torch has been passed – we’re off and running.
The Importance of Music
Research published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) indicates that music can help a child’s brain develop. In particular, the study notes that “people with musical training have improved language-learning ability” and that exposure to even casual musical training can lead to more acute hearing.
Music to My Ears
As the President of the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation, I thank the district for their support. I’m proud to play a small role as one of a group of like-minded enthusiastic parents and district staff on our Board in bringing music back to our schools.
As a parent of two boys at Highlands Elementary, I’m thrilled that music will be a part of their curriculum in the upcoming school year. In fact, I’m making music a part of this moment. Let’s sing it all together, “Celebrate good times, come on!”
San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation