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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dekko Foundation Art Enhancement Grants

Milford School and Syracuse Elementary School have both received Dekko Foundation Art Enhancement grants this year. The purpose of this grant is to bring the arts into the school for students to experience in person. This money may only be used for arts experiences in the elementary grades and not supplies or equipment. Each school received $3000 to achieve this endeavor. Some of the programs that have been scheduled by the music department for this spring include:

  • The Griot Drum Ensemble will be visiting both elementary schools, with the group staying after school to lead the Syracuse Elementary drum circle students during their practice time. This group will be coming from Indianapolis on March 12.
  • The South Bend Symphony Woodwind Ensemble will be visiting both elementary schools on April 2. They will be in Milford in the morning and Syracuse in the afternoon. They introduce the students to the instruments as well as various composers and music styles.

For the art department, Brenda Stiver has invited a traveling artist, Jake Webster, to come and present a program for the 4th and 5th grade students with a hands-on workshop. Denise Potter also has a traveling art program and various artists headed to Milford.

We look forward to updating you on the success of these programs in future posts. Thanks for supporting our arts programs.


Anonymous said...

That sounds like an awesome opportunity for the kids to see. What about afternoon kindergarten students at Milford, I'm sure that my daughter, along with many of the other afternoon kids would like the opportunity to take part in something like this. Are provisions being make for those kids?

Anonymous said...

Normally in situations similar to this, the morning kindergarten students take part in the morning activities and the afternoon kindergarten students take part in the afternoon school activities throughout the school year.

I would welcome any parent of an afternoon kindergarten student to bring their child to either of these programs. Please feel free to call me so we can talk about this further!
Mrs. Kaiser
Milford School

Anonymous said...

Thank you for giving the students the opportunity to experience activities they would not normally get a chance to see and do. You are all awesome!

Shari Lambert, MPL said...

This will go perfectly with the Summer Reading Theme "Be Creative @ Your Library". Miford Public Library, Syracuse Public Library and North Webster Public Library will all be having events this summer on the Arts, Music and Dance. Make sure your student checks out the fun at his/her local library this summer! Kudos to the Art departments!