California Educator

December/January 2019

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Grants for Music and Arts California Casualty helps educators keep arts at the forefront of learning M U S I C S T U D E N T S at Jackson Heights Elementary School in Red Bluff and Susan B. Anthony Elementary School in Sacramento will soon be hitting new notes, thanks to Music and Arts Grants from California Casualty. Instructors will use their $250 awards to purchase musical instruments for their classes. "I will be able to incorporate music into my curriculum," says Jackson Heights Elementary kindergarten teacher Cathy Van Lente, Red Bluff Elementary Educators Association. "I'll be able to teach basic rhythm to my students." Susan B. Anthony Elementary School music instructor Cindee Stewart, Sacramento City Teachers Association, says, "is is such an amazing gift. Our students will learn to make amazing music and develop a love for music with their new recorders." Raisin City Elementary School in Raisin City, Fresno County, received a grant that will go toward a garden art project. Forty schools across California received 2019 Music and Arts Grants, for a total of $10,000. e grant is designed to foster cre- ativity in schools, in areas such as choir, band, dance, film, theater, computer arts and graphics, or any K-12 curriculum that employs art for learning. California Casualty hopes to fill the gap as schools have reduced funding for the arts. "Students love to showcase their creativity, and helping edu- cators keep music and arts in the forefront of everyday learning is absolutely the right thing for us to do," says Brian Goodman, California Casualty assistant vice president. California K-12 public schools needing funding for arts or per- formance programs can apply for the 2020 Music and Arts Grant from California Casualty at e deadline is June 30, 2020. California Casualty has partnered with CTA to provide members auto and home insurance tailored to their profes- sional needs since 1951. To request an insurance quote, visit, or call 800-800-9410. Red Bluff Elementary EA President Catherine Piffero; teacher Cathy Van Lente; and California Casualty's Christy Forward. At Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, band instructor Jeffrey Edom will use the grant to keep instruments in good repair. Left to right: California Casualty's Lisa Almeida; parent Tracey DelNero; California Casualty's Christy Forward; Edom; CTA Board member Shelly Gupton; Elk Grove EA President Rick Stancil. Music instructor Cindee Stewart, Sacramento City TA; and California Casualty's Amanda Keidel. 56 CTA & You

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