RUSSIA — In September 2019, the Shelby County United Way women’s initiative group awarded a POWER Grant to the Russia Music Boosters for $2,000 toward the purchase of new instruments for their band program.
Part of the music and band curriculum at Russia High School offers a rental program for all band students 5th through 12th grade which allows students the opportunity to learn a band instrument of their choice without the financial commitment of purchasing an instrument. With the grant, the Russia Music Boosters were able to purchase seven new instruments that includes three trumpets, two clarinets, and two trombones! The additional instruments helped fulfill the music booster mission: to make music education possible for all students.
During each band concert this past year, booster members verbally thanked all community sponsors for their dedication to the music program. Financial support from all sponsors along with private community donations greatly enhance the availability of musical instruments for band members and assists with the education of music appreciation at Russia Local School. Members also recognized all community sponsors on special advertising boards displayed during every band concert and fundraising event. The United Way POWER Grant was a significant boost to Russia’s instrument rental program and the students were very excited about the newer, updated options for various instruments.
Russia High School Band Director, Michael Fulk, along with Russia Music Booster members and the entire music program, thank the United Way Power Grant Program for their award and are appreciative of this opportunity to enhance and grow the music program.