Education

PS 48 urges public support for music program

Students at PS 48 want your vote.

Although the cruel reality of budget cuts has hit every corner of the city, including Hunts Point, the students at PS 48 are trying not to let it bring them down.

Students at the elementary school on Spofford Ave. have entered a musical contest called Glee Give a Note in the hopes of keeping their music program alive. Three winning schools will be announced in December, with a first prize of $50,000 going to the biggest winner.

“Our school is a sanctuary to the students,” said music teacher Melissa Salguero, who is helping draw attention to the threat of cuts under the city’s and the state’s budget axes.

“Music helps them express themselves in ways that they have never experienced before,” she added. “Last year was the first year music was in the school. Budget cuts are threatening the possibility of a third.”

This year a VH1 Save the Music grant is helping keep the program afloat.

The students have put together a video that is currently posted on youtube, showcasing their musical talents. In the video, Salguero points out the deteriorated state of the instruments students have access to at PS 48, and says that if the music program is eliminated, “those instruments will collect dust for years.”

To see the video, click on http://youtu.be/Oh4goi1x0P8.

Salguero, advises, it’s not too late to do something. Members of the public can vote for the school if they like the video and recognize the value the program has for kids, by casting a vote at the following: http://www.gleegiveanote.com/vote_details.php?id=9.

Voters are urged to cast their ballots once a day until Nov. 7. Schools that receive the most votes will move on to the final round of voting, when judges will decide on the winners in December.

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