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Music program earns commendation from House of Representatives

 

Superintendent Kevin George and the St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District have been recognized before the Louisiana House of Representatives for the district’s success in fostering music education.

 

House Resolution 173, sponsored by Rep. Randal Gaines, states the district’s commitment to music education “has been a shining example of what public school music programs should strive to achieve.”

 

George, along with music teachers Connie Sparacello, Charles Catalano and Rebecca Holmes, received the commendation on June 5 at the Louisiana State Capitol.

 

Since 2013, the St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District has worked with the VH1 Save the Music Foundation to restore music education in its K-8 schools. Yearly grants from the foundation have provided musical instruments to five schools, with the remaining three schools set to receive instruments for the 2017-18 school year. The school district has matched the commitment, hiring eight full-time music teachers.

 

For his work, George was honored with the VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s Administrator Award for Distinguished Support of Music Education this year.

 

“The House of Representatives of the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby commend and congratulate Mr. Kevin R. George upon being awarded VH1 Save the Music Foundation's 12th Annual Administrator Award for Distinguished Support of Music Education and his commitment to ensuring equitable access to music and the arts for all students in St. John the Baptist Parish,” according to the resolution.

 

The full text of the resolution can be accessed at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1046410.