New Haven Community Schools’ awarding-winning music program

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Haven Community Schools’ awarding-winning music program featured in new mini-documentary

NEW HAVEN – Tri-County Alliance for Public Education today unveiled a mini-documentary highlighting the award-winning music program at New Haven Community Schools, which was resurrected just four years ago through enormous support from the community.

TCA developed the 4-minute documentary to highlight New Haven’s music program as part of TCA’s “It’s about Kids” campaign featuring public schools doing innovative things despite budget cuts and financial challenges. The video is available here.

“Across Michigan, schools are finding innovative local solutions to help kids learn and succeed, and Tri-County Alliance is excited to highlight the terrific work that New Haven Community Schools and the greater community are doing to help kids grow and learn through music education,” said Mark Burton, executive director of Tri-County Alliance for Public Education. “Outstanding innovators like Superintendent Keith Wunderlich and teachers and staff are helping New Haven students solve problems, collaborate with one another and learn life skills with help from music. This exceptional partnership will help students in New Haven Community Schools reach their full potential.”
Several years ago, New Haven Community Schools’ music program was slashed, a victim of tough choices and budget cuts. Just years after bringing back the program, New Haven was recognized nationally for its commitment to music education by the National Association of Music Merchants.

“Research shows music helps kids learn, solve problems and sharpen skills in other areas and bringing back the music program at New Haven was so important to our students,” said New Haven Community Schools Superintendent Keith Wunderlich. “I’m so proud of our kids, our staff and the greater community for wrapping their arms around this program. From being recognized nationally to being featured in this mini-documentary—the outcome has been truly amazing.”

Other schools featured in the “It’s about Kids” campaign include the basketball championship program at Downriver High School that is helping turn around the lives of youth facing academic challenges; a technology program that was developed by an entire community and is helping improve learning at Edison Elementary and other Fraser Public Schools; and Longacre Elementary School’s “Leader in Me” program in Farmington Public Schools which teaches students problem solving, cooperation and civic mindedness – lessons that can make them better citizens, confident leaders and employers and entrepreneurs of the future.

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The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education is a coalition of education leaders committed to fighting for strong K-12 schools across Michigan. Comprised of Superintendents from every district in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, they are collectively responsible for educating nearly 600,000 students (approximately 40% of the statewide K-12 population).

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