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County schools honored for music efforts

March 21, 2013

Washington County Public Schools was honored for the fourth consecutive year with a Best Communities for Music Education award by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, a national organization advocating for school-based music education.

The award recognizes efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents to keep music education an integral part of the core curriculum.

The school system was one of a record 307 school districts honored across the country.

The program is in its 14th year, and requires school districts to detail funding and staffing for music education, commitment to standards and access to music instruction.

Rob Hovermale, supervisor of fine arts, said Washington County has traditionally supported music and music education.

“Parents and the community know that learning to appreciate and play music can boost student achievement. We work very hard to maintain excellence in music education and performance in our schools and community and appreciate everyone’s support in achieving our goals,” Hovermale said.

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