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SAISD high school scores an encore GRAMMY

SAISD high school scores an encore GRAMMY

May 9, 2016-- The music department of Thomas Jefferson High School has again garnered the attention of the GRAMMY Foundation. The Foundation has recognized Jefferson with a GRAMMY Community Award, which includes a $2,000 grant to support their music education program. In 2010, Jefferson earned a GRAMMY Signature Award for excellence in music education.

This initiative is part of the GRAMMY in the Schools offerings. The GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award offers financial support to local high school music education programs using the model of the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. To date, over $1 million in grants have been distributed to over 500 schools in all 50 states.

The GRAMMY Signature Community Award is underwritten by Best Buy Mobile, and Jefferson will use its $2,000 to purchase musical instruments and sound equipment, said music teacher Ronnie Sanders, adding: “For Jefferson to be recognized twice by the GRAMMY foundation within six years was incredible. This is an honor for our school and district.” Sanders said.

SAISD School Board member and Jefferson graduate Ed Garza, stated: "Thomas Jefferson High School has a long history and tradition of exceptional fine arts and music programs with world-class performing facilities and instructors. Jefferson's excellence in music is no stranger to Grammy recognition having earned a 'Grammy Signature School' award six years ago, and now the Community Award.”

“Our students work hard to achieve excellence, and receiving this Grammy Community award is a highlight of their year,” said Jefferson principal Orlando Vera.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to the value and impact of music education.


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