Once again, public school districts across the country are feeling the effects of a restrictive national economy. As school budgets are cut, and then cut again and again, arts education programs are frequently the first to come under the knife.
As Marvin Hamlisch says, “I have never considered courses in the arts as elective.
To me, they are an essential part of a basic curriculum. That belief in the value of the arts has made a profound difference in my life.”
There’s no better time or place for Rotary to step up. Started several years ago as a Rotary initiative in Seattle, Music4Life has now become a total community effort to help our young people develop their full potential as scholars and as active citizens in the com-munity through participation in arts education. Whether you’re a member of a Rotary club or just another concerned citizen, we encourage you to join us in our support for Music4Life, now spreading outside of Seattle to communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Giving the gift of participation in music programs, if they choose to do so, is nothing less than a duty we have to our young people, just as our parents felt it a duty to us.
You can learn more about our efforts else-where on this Website. Our children and grandchildren will be most grateful, and all of us as citizens will be the ultimate beneficiaries.