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Community Generosity Benefits Local School Music Programs

The School Grant committee of the POPS Symphony Orchestra has selected 13 Quad Cities Schools to receive $10,500 to support their music programs. Committee members (l to r) are Patty Newton, Tara Sholle, Jerry Jackson, Joan Stinstrom, Harold Viewer and Linda Lee. Not pictured are LeAnne Lawhead and Helen Kip. Photo by Ray Newton

Businesses and individuals are giving 13 Quad Cities schools a boost. Local grants are aimed at helping fund instrumental music programs, thanks to those who support the Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra.

POPS Board President Anne Babinsky said the board authorized $10,500 to be distributed among qualified public, private and charter schools that offer formal instrumental music to students in grades 5 through 12. The money with supplement their 2017-2018 music program budgets.

“Given that schools received minimal support from the state, the POPS board felt it especially important that music programs at deserving schools receive funds in time to begin the upcoming school year. We’re especially grateful to all those throughout the greater community who contribute to make these grants possible,” Babinsky said.

Those schools receiving grants are: Acorn Montessori School, Glassford Hill Middle School, Liberty Traditional School, Mile High Middle School, Prescott Unified School district orchestras, BASIS School, Bradshaw Mountain High School, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, Prescott High School, Park View Middle School, Mayer Elementary School and Heritage Middle School/Chino Valley High School.

In the past nine years, more than $150,000 has been distributed among qualified schools. Those funds are generated through contributions, and supplemented by POPS concert ticket sales.

Part of the POPS Orchestra mission is to encourage youth involvement through participation in quality music programs. “Having generous business and community support makes meeting that mission possible,” said POPS Music Director Joe Place

Future POPS concerts include the following:

July 9              POPS and Patriots

July 30           Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Sept. 10          Celtic Colors

Dec. 10           It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year

Feb. 18, 2018 Cartoon Tunes

All concerts are scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Season and individual concert tickets are now on sale through YCPAC. QCBN

 Additional information is available at PrescottPops.com.

 

 

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