Oakley Park Public School was awarded a $15,000 grant from the MusiCounts Band Aid program to purchase musical instruments and supplies. The grant is the largest sum available to schools applying to the program.
“Many of our kids do not have access to outside instruction,” says Principal Heidi Cameron-Armstrong. “We don’t want that to be a barrier to achievement. We want the kids to love music and bring that passion home.”
Previously, Oakley Park’s music program included a small supply of xylophones and rhythm sticks. The school will invest the grant in ukuleles, 3/4-sized guitars, music stands, sheet music and other accessories.
“We want to teach instruments that are very accessible to the community,” Cameron-Armstrong says. “With the Band Aid grant we are so excited to be the best program we can for the community.”
Oakley Park is among the first cohort of 30 Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) schools implementing a comprehensive, effective and equitable music program. By the 2020-21 school year, all SCDSB elementary students will have full access to high quality music programming through this initiative.
This initiative links directly to the SCDSB’s Strategic Priorities under the pillars of equity, diversity and inclusion and excellence in teaching and learning.