Rex Foudation Executive Director Sandy Sohcot explains: “I originally connected with Tania Kelley in 2008 when she was Music Program Coordinator for the Bridgeport School District.Â In 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Rex Foundation designated proceeds from the Rex Jam at the Gathering of the Vibes Festival to the Bridgeport School District Music Program.
“When I had the pleasure of meeting Tania at the 2010 Rex Jam, she noted that the Rex Jam proceeds were of great help in providing musical instruments to students.Â Students were not only able to participate in a marching band for the first time, proud to play their shiny, new instruments, but also several of the participating students are now members of the Bridgeport Youth Orchestra.
“Tania has been Principal of Roosevelt School since 2011, when it was recognized by President Obama as an arts-themed school, to receive attention from The Turnaround Arts Initiative of the Presidentâ€™s Committee on the Arts & Humanities, which is about using the arts to turn around low performing students.Â With Taniaâ€™s expertise in and passion for music, the Initiative has taken hold at Roosevelt, and the tracking of student performance indicates positive results.Â Students who have never touched musical instruments now have access.Â Parental involvement is one of the requirements for students to receive instruments, and, as a result of student interest in participating, there is now a strong base of parent volunteers.Â The school band is currently comprised of approximately 40 students, however, more instruments are needed to enable more students to participate.”
We’re delighted to be part of helping these deserving kids to get instruments. Thanks to Harry Moran of GOTV, Max Creek and all the kind folks who dig deep and help out this weekend!