Students in Cranston elementary schools will get a chance to broaden their musical horizons thanks to a new partnership between the school district, the Victoria Alviti Foundation and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School.
The School Committee voted to partner with the two organizations at last week's School Committee meeting.
“This partnership is a big win for Cranston’s students and taxpayers," said School Committee Chairwoman Andrea Iannazzi. "Our students will be receiving quality music education at no cost to our taxpayers. We are fortunate to partner with the RI Philharmonic and the Victoria Alviti Music Foundation.”
Superintendent Judith Lundsten said, "Collaborating with the Victoria Alviti Foundation and the RI Philharmonic Music School provides our students with additional music experiences which is so exciting for our students. I'm looking forward to working with these partners and supporting music education."
The Foundations in Learning Exploration (FLEX) program will be implemented in three elementary schools (Arlington, Dutemple, and Garden City) during the 2012-2013 school year. The program will be implemented district wide in the remaining 14 elementary schools during the 2013-2014 school year.
The Victoria Alviti Music Foundation was established by her mother and two sisters after her death in a car accident. Alviti was an energetic young woman who loved music and the organization strives to keep music alive in schools across the country — a dream of Alviti's. According to the organization, Alviti envisioned "a vibrant world for students. . .a world where music fills the halls and music education is both encouraged and nurtured."