For the fifth straight year, the Archbold Area School District has been named one of the Best Communities For Music Education.
The recognition is bestowed by the NAMM Foundation, a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants.
The Best Communities For Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
To qualify, school officials answer detailed questions on funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, and other topics.
Staff from the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas verify the information.
“Music education is a huge part of our curriculum at Archbold Area Schools,” said Aaron Rex, superintendent. “Students in our district achieve success at the local and state levels, and we are proud of our program and our students.
“This award demonstrates the quality of our music education program, the district’s commitment to supporting music education, and how it serves as a point of pride for our whole community.”
“Music education is a vital part of the success of all students. It equips them with 21st-century skills that are an important part of being successful in the workplace,” said Kent Vandock, director of choral activities at Archbold.
“In addition, it creates enriching experiences for our students to express themselves in multi-faceted ways– an important skill in a world of ever-increasing diversity,” Vandock said.
Out of approximately 13,500 districts in the United States, Archbold is one of 4% (about 540) of districts nationwide to receive the award.