MONTREAL, OCTOBER 17, 2011 – Students at Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension will be honing their musical talents on brand new instruments very soon as recently Sinclair Laird was awarded a $5000 “Band-Aid Grant” from the Toronto-based foundation MusiCounts.
MusiCounts, which is associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), is known as Canada’s music education charity. Each year, they offer grants to public schools in need across Canada to purchase musical instruments for their music departments.
The grant comes courtesy of the combined efforts of Joanna Peters, a mother at Sinclair Laird and music teacher, Helene Diguer, whom both came together to apply at the end of the 2010 – 2011 school year.
“Receiving this grant gives us so much incentive to explore other means of fundraising and setting new goals in different areas of need for the benefit of our students,” said Peters. “We highly value the role music plays in our school and the enrichment our music program provides to the students as well as its educational merits. We are looking forward to seeing the children playing new instruments and the joy this brings to them and their parents and families as well as our teachers and staff.”
Over 80 schools across Canada received a total of $600,000 in grants in increments of either $5,000 or $10,000. Sinclair Laird was the only recipient from Montreal.