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Ackerman Music Teacher Awarded $2,000 Grant from NEA Foundation

Stephanie Jones, Ackerman music teacher, plays an electric guitar in class while a student in the foreground plays as well.November 30, 2021 - Ackerman Music Teacher Stephanie Jones has been awarded a $2,000 grant from The NEA Foundation. The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators to improve public education for all students. Since 2013, they have awarded $2.2 million in grants, supporting 39,000 educators and 627,000 students in 47 states.

I am so proud of Stephanie for receiving the NEA Foundation Grant,” said Ackerman Principal Lisa Leonard-Sneed. “This money will support our music programming at Ackerman and allow for students to access additional materials. I appreciate the NEA Foundation and their continued support of students at Ackerman.”

Jones plans on using the funds to make some improvements to Ackerman’s annual winter concert. “Ackerman's winter show had a reputation of being quite a production,” said Jones. “I tried some new things, some of which were a hit and some of which were not. This year, I am making a few changes that I hope will be very enjoyable.”

Jones’ updated program will be separated into two parts. The first half of the show will focus on showcasing holidays from other countries. Performances will include traditional music, activities, garb, and decorations. The second half will be the annual rock show. Classes will choose a piece from pop culture, arrange the song, write sheet music, and assign instruments. Participating students will spend the semester practicing their arrangement and learning stage etiquette to prepare for the show.

“This is a very exciting project for us, and after a year off from COVID, it has grown significantly from our previous show,” said Jones. “The students are very excited to get their instruments back in their hands, and I’m very excited to watch them create!”