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Solon receives music education award

Underscoring the district’s exemplary achievement in providing access to music education for all students, the Solon City Schools have received the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education award for 2019 from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

The national recognition program honors the efforts of music education champions who share in the common goal to ensure access to music for all students as part of their curriculum, according to NAMM. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education, NAMM officials said.

“The Best Communities for Music Education award is important for our students because it underscores our commitment to music education,” said Superintendent Joseph Regano. “Music programming in the Solon Schools offers a broad array of choices for students to learn and perform music. This award also reflects the district’s partnership with our families and community that values and supports the arts.”

To qualify for the Best Communities in Music designation, the Solon Schools provided comprehensive information about commitment to standards, funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, music instructional time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. The NAMM Foundation’s reviewers assessed the quality of the district’s music faculty and budgetary commitment to music education among other factors and the data submitted was analyzed statistically and verified via a follow-up audit.

Top 15 seniors pay tribute to educators

Many educators influence the academic path students take, but often there is one special teacher who stands above the others and makes a significant impact on each student. This is certainly the case in Solon, where the high school’s top 15 academic seniors recently paid tribute to those “most influential” educators during the annual Senior Recognition Dinner, underwritten by Nestle.

The teachers recognized, who were kept in suspense about which student had invited them to the Academy Awards-like dinner program, represent all areas of study.

Each student had a different reason for selecting the teacher, club advisor or counselor he or she honored, from helping to prepare them for life outside the classroom to inspiring a love of learning.

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