The Saugus Union School District is very pleased to announce the awarding of two grants to provide arts education in the district. The first, in the amount of $22,600, from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, will be used to fund drumming instruction (either African or Caribbean) for all 4th graders in the district and is a matching grant through the Advancement Grant program.
The second grant, a portion of a larger grant given to the Music Center by the Annenberg Foundation, will allow the District’s Title I schools to take part in a program called Dancing Into the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standard). The Annenberg Foundation Grant to the Music Center was for $3M and SUSD is the only district in LA County’s 5th Supervisory District – which includes the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and parts of the San Fernando Valley – to receive a share.
“The arts are a valuable part of a complete 21st Century educational experience,” said Colleen Hawkins, Ed.D, Superintendent of Saugus Union School District. “All of our schools strive to provide a robust arts education for all students, and these grants will allow us to continue growing and enriching these opportunities.”
The Music Center grant will cover a three-year period providing professional development for all teacher participants, including an Arts Integration Residency taught by a Music Center teaching artist, planning sessions, evaluation and assessments as well as summer professional development. The program will involve 4 to 6 teachers per Title I site, which includes Rio Vista, Cedarcreek, Highlands and Skyblue Mesa Elementary schools.
The LA Arts Education Collective grant was one of the largest given by the organization and will allow the drumming program to reach all of the district’s 4th graders. It is one of the Collective’s grants, totaling $748,400, supporting 42 school districts, statewide, through the Advancement Grant program.
“These grants are the direct result of the hard work of our Arts Integration Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs), Melissa Valencia and Cate Muro,” added Isa De Armas, Ed.D., Asst. Superintendent, Education Services. “Their dedication to arts in the classroom knows no bounds and our students are the beneficiary of that focus.”