A special thank you goes out to
my former elementary school’s P.T.A. and the Good Works
Foundation; without their generous, recurring support for many
years they would not have had the Music Center Education Division
art programs. Their funds paid for professional artists to come
into classrooms and teach mime, music, sculpture, poetry, puppetry
and theatre. Numerous studies have shown a direct connection
between high student achievement and students immersed in art.
Creativity and imagination spreads from art to writing to math
to science to all aspects of a child's life.When I left there in 2005, the school's test scores had continually been rising over the past nine years. In fact, they had the greatest increase
in test scores in the whole sub-district of 33 schools. And out
of every elementary school in all of L.A.U.S.D., they had the
second highest improvement in test scores. And out of every elementary
school in Los Angeles County, including schools from Beverly
Hills to San Marino, they were third highest in improvement.
$230,410 Art, Theatre, and Dance teachers and supplies for LAUSD Arts Prototype Program.
$22,100 Parent Club and P.T.A for 9 years of Music Center artists for auditorium assemblies.
$21,500 Good Works Foundation for 7 years of Music Center artists in classrooms.
$8,580 Wells Fargo Bank Foundation for 9 months
of Music Center artists in classrooms.
$5,000 Metlife grant for 3 months of Music Center
$4,515 Plum Foundation for 2 months of Music
Center artists in classrooms.
$4,500 KPWR--Power 106 Knowledge is Power for
5 months of Music Center artists in classrooms.
$1,245 Make Your World Better for 4 field trip
busses with admission fees.
$900 Mobil Oil adoption contract for percentage of Sunday sales.
$750 Ellie Nadel Foundation
for 1 month of Music Center artists in classrooms.
$500 Ellen Nadel for volunteer
Detwiler Foundation: 12 Computers, keyboards and monitors, and 3
De Thomas Bobo and Associates: 9' X 12' Lakeshore classroom rug,
world globe, antique rag doll, 10 boxes of typing and art paper,
computer, keyboard and monitor.
Sally Cordova: computer, keyboard and monitor.
My Friend's Place: computer, keyboard and monitor.
McDonald's, Jack in the Box and Kentucky Fried Chicken: student
award lunch coupons.
Polaroid Foundation: 2 cameras with 30 rolls of film.
Olds Printing: 8 boxes of typing and art paper.
Sky Drops, Inc: 2 Hollywood scene-shop backdrops.
Paticia Tedrow: Encyclopedia Brittanica complete set.
Vista Grande Elementary School: 600 used children's books.
SAG Bookpals and Catch Our Rainbow, Children's Book World, Imagine
Bookstores: 2,000 new and used children's books.
Operation Field Trip: 5 field trip busses.
Gloria Molina, Los Angeles Board of Supervisors: 2 field trip busses.
Huntington Gardens: 2 field trip busses.
Pepperdine University Theatre: 4 field trip busses.
Richard Alatorre, City Councilperson: 1 field trip bus.
Parking Company of America: 1 field trip bus.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory: 3 scientist lecture/demonstrations.
Santa Monica Seafood: 3 sea-life lecture/demonstrations.
Walt Disney Studios: animation lecture/demonstration.
Los Angeles Sheriff Department K-9 Unit: police dog lecture/demonstration.
Los Angeles County Fire Department: lecture/tour of firehouse.
Rolling Readers, Screen Actors Guild Book-Pals, C.S.U.L.A., America
Reads, EPIC, L.A. Times Reading by 9 Program: volunteer readers
Buena-Vision Cable Television: 2 tapings and airings of student
UCLA World Jazz Ensemble: Afro-Cuban Music lecture/demonstration.