Tracy Conard
Tracy Conard

Ok, friends, I don't post lots of these but this one I must. Music combines lessons from so many different fields. Not only does it allow for expression of self, it teaches math, physics, art, and communication. Music "soothes the savage soul." Maybe the decline of this opportunity in schools explains some of the state of our society? Please sign this one.

Jane Frazier
Jane Frazier

I totally agree.

Kay Love
Kay Love

I sang all the way through grade school and into college. If it weren't for music as an outlet, I would have been a very sad child and possibly not as creative today.

Margaret Brady
Margaret Brady

Both of my grandsons are involved with music. My 9 year old told me the other day, "I love music. It feeds my soul. I don't know how I would survive without it." As a former educator I firmly believe in the power of music. A variety of musical genres would always be playing in the background of my classes.

Debbie Kasper
Debbie Kasper

We cannot remove the arts and music from our schools. It is what raises us to another level. Many children have a talent in these areas which must be nurtured. Personally, being in Chorus and having been introduced to music and art was the highlight of my schooling. There is joy in the heart when you are singing or playing a chosen instrument. It also gives joy to those who listen.

Dallas Jackson
Dallas Jackson

ONe of the areas that it makes funding difficult is the cost of instruments and supplies for each school. That cost can and should be eliminated by community outreach. We as citizens of our own towns can supply these things by utilizing our own efforts. We just need some coordination with community groups and the Schools.

Aaron Ponceroff
Aaron Ponceroff

Goverment, I'm all for you " Saving Money & Budget Cuts " in the education system, just DO NOT TAKE FROM THE CHILDREN! Make your cuts in " Materials & Supplies " or " assistants & their assistants assistants " I think that the 2 biggest investments in education SHOULD BE, the STUDENTS & TEACHERS. Don't take away ANY opportunity for the students to learn or express themselves. Example, just by keeping the school bus tires at the proper inflation pressure can save a state Millions of dollars...

Goverment, I'm all for you " Saving Money & Budget Cuts " in the education system, just DO NOT TAKE FROM THE CHILDREN! Make your cuts in " Materials & Supplies " or " assistants & their assistants assistants " I think that the 2 biggest investments in education SHOULD BE, the STUDENTS & TEACHERS. Don't take away ANY opportunity for the students to learn or express themselves. Example, just by keeping the school bus tires at the proper inflation pressure can save a state Millions of dollars in fuel expense. I say before making budget cuts, think about simple ways to SAVE.

Omaira Castro
Omaira Castro

Without music what the world would be?

Ruth Lenher
Ruth Lenher

We all have a purpose on this planet that makes each life worth living and is of value to someone else. Those who can compose, sing, play another instrument besides sing make the lives around us much brighter. Those who can farm, do plumbing, carpentry, electrical work, etc., make our lives much better. Not all have the same gifts, and some may have more than one gift. Some of us don't have our health to do just the one gift we had to give for ourselves and others, so we all must do what we...

We all have a purpose on this planet that makes each life worth living and is of value to someone else. Those who can compose, sing, play another instrument besides sing make the lives around us much brighter. Those who can farm, do plumbing, carpentry, electrical work, etc., make our lives much better. Not all have the same gifts, and some may have more than one gift. Some of us don't have our health to do just the one gift we had to give for ourselves and others, so we all must do what we can to help those who are helping us. So, whoever thinks music and art doesn't matter, think again. We all need each other somehow.
I hope you all try to enjoy each person you meet, and think about the gifts they are giving you by the job they do. I also hope everyone will not always take for granted all the senses we have. You, who have all your senses will miss one of them if or when one goes away. Music encompasses sight and sound, as well as emotions which we all have. What would your life be without sight and sound? Some people cannot take certain sounds, but others need those sounds for comfort. Just some food for thought.

Kathy Grafton Holt
Kathy Grafton Holt

Hi, Tom! Great Job! May I suggest an email list for your petition....send to your Congressman and Senators, Send to the members of the legislative committees on Education, Appropriations, and any that support the arts.

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