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Save the music in Alameda

By epearlman
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 at 7:57 am in Island Life, Schools.

savethemusicEver since music was axed from grades one, two and three in the last round of Alameda Unified budget cuts, parents at Bay Farm Elementary have been working hard to raise enough money—about $200,000—to fund those elementary music classes district wide.

So far Bay Farm parents and their PTA have raised a total of $10,375 (which includes the 1,210 rolls of coins pictured left) as well as cash and check donations of $7,300.

There’ll be a SAVE THE MUSIC benefit concert on May 2 at Kofman and other schools are working on fund raisers as well. Bay Farm parent of two Lorri Garrett:

It’s no use saving music for just our school if we don’t save it for the whole district. We’re unified with the district. We have a strong fund raising community at Bay Farm, and we want to save music for the district. We are motivated and together we can do it.

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  • http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/education/school/school.php?sectionid=6 Lorri Garrett

    I fully support Prop H coming up for vote in June; but if we wait until June, our Music teachers will already be laid-off or reassigned. When these cuts go through, our 1-3 graders will be losing one hour of education each week. We cannot sit back and wait anymore! Music Education starting at 4th grade is too late! If you are interested in helping out with a fundraiser to Save The Music Programs in Alameda, please send me an email at lorri_garrett@hotmail.com. We need every PTA to get on board. If you would like to donate visit Bay Farm Elementary School’s website: http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/education/school/school.php?sectionid=6

  • http://www.myspace.com/leschan Les Chan

    Note, the fundraiser music concert on Friday, May 2 is at Kofman Aud. over on Central Ave at Alameda High School. We’ll need volunteers and sell out crowd!! Get ready to rock the joint for our children.

    Save the Music in Alameda!

    DJ Les Chan
    http://www.myspace.com/leschan

  • http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/bayfarm Roxanne Clement

    Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, and Media Center/Library are essential elements of Alameda’s Elementary Education program. Our students excel because we have been able to provide a curriculum that addresses the whole child, and provides a complete curriculum. The quality of education in Alameda is at stake as well as our children’s futures. Please help us save our Music program now, so that we don’t lose our highly trained teachers to other districts and programs while we wait for the passage of the parcel tax, which will allow us maintain these essential programs in the coming years.