Instruments for All (2017-2018)
Gerald Ford Elementary School, located in Indian Wells, serves a diverse population of almost 800 students. The 2016 – 2017 school year was the first year that every student at the school received music instruction. We are fortunate to have a very supportive Parent Teacher Club (PTO) that has provided the funding that enables us to offer music, art and reduced class sizes in PE. However, the PTO has not been able to support the funding that would provide enough instruments for every student to utilize while in class.
The Anderson Children’s Foundation Grant will provide a new strategy for full, active participation in music making. The goal of the grant is to increase student investment, motivation, and achievement through full active participation in music. This will be accomplished through this grant by providing students with instruments such as ukuleles, Orff xylophones and metallophones, and drums.