Leadville School News Hits a High Note with Music
West Park Playground Secures Additional Funding
The West Park Elementary Wellness Committee, in conjunction with Lake County and the Lake County School District, has been awarded a $114,000 grant toward building a new playground at West Park Elementary. The confirmation of this grant brings the total amount fundraised toward the project to $164,987. With more than a year remaining before breaking ground (the project plans to build in the summer of 2015-2016), the committee will continue to fundraise throughout the year to support the proposed design. To see a draft version of the conceptual designs: LINK. If you would like to support this project through a financial or volunteer donation, please contact Kerri Quinlan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-427-0031.
21st Century Learning & After School Programs Funded
The Lake County School District has received a new five-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant for grades 5-12. The total funding amount over five years is $689,272.21st Century Community Learning Center provides academic and enrichment programs after school.
This grant will fund extended learning time for all students as well as after school programs and enrichment. The district is in the process of finalizing the schedule of programs that will be offered through this grant next year. The district’s partners in this grant include Full Circle of Lake County, the Recreation Department, Lake County Build a Generation, Colorado Mountain College, Cloud City Conservation Center, High Mountain Institute, SolVista Health, Bravo! Vail, and Calming Kids. The school district also holds a 21st Century grant for grades K-4 that continues for another two years.
Leadville Students to “Get Schooled” by Jazz Great
The Lake County High School (LCHS) award winning “Cloud City Jazz Band” will receive a masterclass and performance from one of Denver’s finest Jazz musicians.
The masterclass which will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at LCHS, featuring The Michael Friedman Jazz Quintet. This masterclass is made possible by the Breckinridge Music Festival’s “Music in Schools” program.
The Festival, chartered in 1981 as the Breckenridge Music Institute, was commissioned to produce a Festival of Classical Music and Jazz, and operated a summer music festival and a youth music camp. The original Institute mission included a strong educational component, which continues today. The Breckenridge Music Festival’s Music in the Schools program offers an annual series of workshops, performances and master classes to Elementary, Middle and High Schools throughout Summit, Lake and Park counties.
Michael Friedman is a widely respected bassist, composer and educator. Michael has been captivating audiences with his bass playing for years. He is a powerful, energetic artist who is capable of going in a variety of musical directions. “His bass playing is as in the pocket as it gets,” wrote Jonathan Widran of the Los Angeles Jazz Scene. “A Colorado mainstay,” wrote Bret Saunders of the Denver Post & KBCO Radio. Michael has become one of the brightest performers on the contemporary jazz/R & B scene.
Friedman has conducted educational workshops that have encouraged young people to excel in the arts. He also has lent his talents to many charitable organizations including the United Way, St. Anthony Health Foundation, Bonfils Blood Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Denver Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Museum of Denver and the Denver School of the Arts.
The masterclass will allow students to get instruction from Michael on improvisation, jazz performance and real world application of music performance.