Music department hopes to raise funds to replace old instruments

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The Rome school district’s music department is looking to raise about $61,000 more to replace instruments that are unable to be repaired and to provide opportunities for more students to participate in the grades 5-12 instrumental program.

The department has been seeking about $100,000 overall, said district Director of Fine Arts and Engineering Technology Andrea Falvo, and so far has raised about $39,000 toward that total including some grants.

If people are interested in donating, they can contact Falvo at afalvo@romecsd.org or at 315-338-6515.

The Rome Community Foundation has offered to match an additional $5,000 in funding from private donors or organizations, said the school district.

Falvo has been working closely with the foundation, and secured about $11,000 in grants to purchase instruments last fall, the district noted.

The music department also was awarded money from First Source Federal Credit Union in February as well as $28,000
in funding through a federal
Title IV grant under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the
district added.

As the music department “continues to grow and flourish, we are in need of new instruments for our students to use grades 5-12 in both band and orchestra,” according to a district announcement.

The announcement observed the district “has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants for three consecutive years.”

Falvo expressed gratitude to the Board of Education and the Rome community for its continued support of the district’s wide array of music programs and students.

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