If the Newhall School District raises $10,000 in support of the elementary school district’s music program, the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation will match the public’s generosity with an additional $10,000.
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The money will go toward the purchase musical instruments for their students.
Newhall is one of the few elementary school districts with a classroom, choral, and orchestral music program serving all students grades K-6.
The cost of instruments vary from approximately $200 each for violins, to about $230 for woodwinds and brass, to $450 for cellos.
With $10,000 in donations and $10,000 matched by the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, the district may purchase eighty new instruments.
In the Newhall School District music program, third graders are taught basic note reading and how to play the recorder.
Beginning in the fourth grade, students may elect to participate in the instrumental music program, which currently serves about 900 students.
The school district currently owns about 500 instruments, and about 400 students benefit from the district’s instrument loan program annually.
When students from Newhall School District move on to the William S. Hart High School District at the seventh grade, many elect to continue their musical experience at school.
While many parents choose to buy or rent an instrument for their child, the district’s goal is to provide an instrument for every student who wants one regardless of ability to pay for one.
Newhall School District asks for support from parents and the public in their fundraising effort.
All contributions are tax deductible and donation forms can found at the district website here.
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Source: Santa Clarita News