A Message from 2014-15 Rotary District 5030 Governor Ezra Teshome
Once again, public school districts across the country are feeling the effects of a restrictive national economy. As school budgets are cut, and then cut again and again, arts education programs are frequently the first to come under the knife.
As Marvin Hamlisch has said, “I have never considered courses in the arts as elective. To me, they are an essential part of a basic curriculum. That belief in the value of the arts has made a profound difference in my life.”
There’s no better time or place for Rotary to step up. Music4Life has now become a total community effort to help our young people develop their full potential as scholars and as active citizens in the community through participation in arts education. Whether you’re a member of a Rotary club or just another concerned citizen, we encourage you to join us in our support for Music4Life, now spreading outside of Seattle to communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Music4Life is an Official Rotary District 5030 Project and is available for endorsement by other community service organizations, as well.
Giving the gift of participation in music programs, if they choose to do so, is nothing less than a duty we have to our young people, just as our parents felt it a duty to us.
– Ezra Teshome
Here’s what your Rotary Club or other community service organization can do to help:
- Endorse Music4Life and allow your club name to be listed as an Endorser. Add www.Music4Life.org as a hyperlink on your organization’s club website
- Attend Music4Life events: Coordinate one or more tables at the next Music4LifeTM fundraising event
- Adopt Music4Life as a beneficiary of a club event this year
- Coordinate a Music4Life instrument drive in your area: Commit to rounding up instrument donations locally. Start with families and friends
- Pass the hat for Music4Life every dollar makes a difference
- As a club, contribute an instrument to the program
- Highlight school music programs: Invite students to perform at meetings and special events
Questions? Contact David Endicott at (206) 409-3275, or firstname.lastname@example.org