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Our Beneficiary: Little Kids Rock
BeachGlow is dedicating its 2015 and 2016 efforts to helping national nonprofit Little Kids Rock bring music programs and instruments to under-served public schools. BeachGlow and Little Kids Rock agree that music is more than just fun...it is an essential part of a well-rounded education that every child has the right to explore. Its benefits go far beyond the walls of their classrooms and last for a lifetime!
Over the past 13 years, Little Kids Rock has transformed more than 325,000 kids' lives across the U.S. by giving them access to free and engaging music classes rooted in the popular styles that kids know and love, like rock, pop, hip-hop, country, reggae and R&B. Kids learn to perform, improvise and even write their own music. All children deserve the chance to unlock their inner music makers, and Little Kids Rock is dedicated to ensuring that they all receive this opportunity!
In 2015, BeachGlow's funding helped Little Kids Rock launch Modern Band programs in 19 new Philadelphia-area schools, which served more than 4,000 kids this school year, and two Atlantic City schools, which served 750 kids this school year! Thanks to the support of BeachGlow, Little Kids Rock had a banner year in Philadelphia, bringing the total number of Philly schools served to 47, and bringing the Modern Band program to Atlantic City for the first time.
This funding provided curriculum, teachers, and instruments to each of the following schools: Richmond Avenue School (AC), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School (AC), Nebinger Elementary School (Philly), East Norriton Middle School (Norristown), G.W. Childs (Philly), George Washington High (Philly), Jay Cooke (Philly), John Marshall (Philly), High School of the Future (Philly), Franklin Learning Center (Philly), Abraham Lincoln High School (Philly), Greenberg Elementary (Philly), Furness High School (Philly), Tacony Academy Charter School (Philly), Memphis Street Academy Charter School (Philly), Universal Bluford Charter School (Philly), Imhotep Institute Charter High School (Philly), General George G Meade School (Philly), and Northwood Academy Charter School (Philly).
We're hoping to do even more in 2016, and with your help, we believe we can!
We are beyond excited and thankful for the support from BeachGlow and the opportunities their generosity will provide for students in Philadelphia, particularly to study modern instruments and music. As we work to ensure the musical tastes of our students are represented in their music education, the ability to partner with a world leading music festival showcasing some of today's brightest and most groundbreaking talent is invaluable experience. In addition to the contributions provided, Dane Kunkel is an incredible inspiration for what our students can achieve in their college and career endeavors, and the innovation the BeachGlow team employs to organize and grow the festival is a model for 21st century entrepreneurship that we are thrilled to share with our students.Frank Machos
Director of Music Education
School District of Philadelphia
Written by Dana DiFilippo of WHYY
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