• Petitioned Eastchester Board of Education

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Eastchester Board of Education

Keep the music program as it currently stands

    1. Petition by

      Eastchester Music Boosters Club

      New Rochelle, NY

We strongly urge the Board of Education to continue the music programs at the Anne Hutchinson and Greenvale schools as they currently stand. The recent decision to eliminate the third grade string program has already had a detrimental effect on the long term health of the orchestra program. Further cuts or restructuring would seriously compromise the quality of education that the district offers.

We are deeply concerned that any restructuring of the programs which place classes outside of regular school hours would make these programs inaccessible for many students. Some students would be unable to participate due to their parents' inability to transport them. Other students would be forced to choose between athletic, academic, dance, art or community programs and music. Further, we feel that a restructuring which further diminished the program would send the message to our children that music is peripheral to their education.

We are fully aware of the current fiscal struggles that we face as a community. But we also believe that the teaching of the arts, music in particular, is not a luxury. It fosters listening, cooperation, self-esteem and a range of objectively demonstrable improvements in cognitive development, learning, and long-term career success. Therefore, we strongly urge the Board to give its full financial support to our music program in this year's budget.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • linda tani EASTCHESTER, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Music is very important to every child. It helps to develop the whole child.

    • Louise Marchesani NEW JERSEY, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe that Music education is part of a well-rounded education and should be part of the regular school day.

    • Diane Lama EASTCHESTER, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Music/Instrumental studies are invaluable for our children and are shown to enhance intelligence. Go to: http://www.raisesmartkid.com/all-ages/1-articles/16-the-effect-of-music-on-childrens-intelligence

    • Silvina Mottura SCARSDALE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Music education is very important to my family. We are happy with the Music Program at Greenvale as it is now and feel that restructuring of the program would have a negative impact on the overall education of our children.

    • Maria Jeliazkova SCARSALE, NY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Music helps develop areas of the brain involved with processing language. Music is part of education just like reading, writing , and math. Taking music away from the regular school schedule, will have negative impact on the quality of education students receive in the district.


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