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The Healing Power of Music, Thanks to the Foundation

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“Sing Me a Story” is a really cool program. It’s not that well known, but that’s beginning to change. NBC News recently featured the program. And now, thanks to a grant from the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation, “Sing Me a Story” is coming to our town.

Band teachers Mark Wells and Jake Castillo applied for a $1500 grant from the Foundation to fund “Sing Me a Story” here, at East Grand Rapids Middle School. In the program, students from families in need write and illustrate stories. The stories are then sent to a university composition student, who writes music based on the story. The music is then learned by the local band or orchestra, and played for the student who created the story.

“Through this program, we give music students at every level the opportunity to experience the healing power of music and the importance of doing for others while collaborating to create something unique together,” say Wells and Castillo. “We want to make this program accessible for all students.”

Thank you, Foundation donors, for making this exciting program possible for our students!