Ritchie Secures $100,000 For School Music, Band Programs

As students head back to school, State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing $100,000 in special funding she has secured to help support music and band programs in districts throughout Central and Northern New York.

“For many students, the arts are a big part of the learning experience; helping them to develop their talents, grow and acquire the skills necessary for success,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will not only help schools across our region enhance the quality of their music and band programs, but also will increase learning opportunities for students.”

The following school districts will receive $5,000 or more from Senator Ritchie for music and band programs:

Alexandria Central School District

Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District    

Belleville Henderson Central School District

Carthage Central School District

Central Square Central School District

Copenhagen Central School district

General Brown Central School District

Indian River Central School District

LaFargeville Central School District

Lyme Central School District

Oswego City School District

Phoenix Central School District

Sackets Harbor Central School District

South Jefferson Central School District

Thousand Islands Central School District

“For several years in a row, Phoenix Central School District has been ranked as one of the best communities for music education,” said Judy Belfield, Superintendent of the Phoenix Central School District. “Not only are we thankful for this funding secured by Senator Ritchie, but also for her willingness to be a partner in our effort to improve opportunities for learning and growth amongst students in the Central New York region and beyond.”

Senator Ritchie’s most recent support for music in our schools builds upon nearly $60,000 she secured last year to help support high school marching bands throughout the region she represents, including school districts in St. Lawrence County.