State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today (Sept. 28) she has secured $36,000 to help support music and arts programs in schools across Central and Northern New York.
“When schools are forced to make budget cuts, often times it’s the music and arts programs that are among the first to go,” said Senator Ritchie. “For many students, these programs play a key role in allowing them to develop and express their creativity as they gain the skills necessary for their success. I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will help our schools provide learning opportunities for students and enhance the quality of their band and music programs.”
The following school districts will receive funding for music and arts programs:
Fulton City School District
Phoenix Central School District
Mexico Academy and Central School District
South Jefferson Central School District
General Brown Central School District
Morristown Central School District
Edwards-Knox Central School District
“Our schools music program not only helps students maximize their personal development but gives them the freedom to be creative and excel,” said Mexico Academy and Central School District Superintendent Sean Bruno. “The funding secured by Senator Ritchie will definitely help improve our music program.”
This special funding for schools represents Senator Ritchie’s most recent effort on behalf of students in the region and continues to build upon the $100,000 she secured last year to help support school music and band programs throughout Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.