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April 1, 2009 > Telethon lets the music play

Telethon lets the music play

Submitted By Nina Moore

The elementary band program will not be one of the cuts during this year's tough budget times because the community supports it through donations. Every year over 1,000 elementary students learn a band instrument at their own school.

Act fast to support the Fremont Education Foundation's (FEF) 9th Annual Music Telethon. Their goal is to raise $75,000 to ensure continuation of the Fremont school district's after-school band program for 2009-10.

FEF's telethon raises funds to continue the beginning, intermediate and advanced band program in elementary schools. The very first telethon was held in 2000 to enrich the after school band program in all elementary schools in Fremont. Prior to 1991 the Fremont Unified School District had a band program taught during the school day. With budget cuts in 1991 the band program was terminated and there was no instrumental music in elementary schools. FEF board members decided in 2000 that it was time the band program was reintroduced in the elementary schools to benefit all children.

In the ensuing years the band program has steadily expanded with funds raised through successive telethons. Course tuition is free for all students but they have to buy or rent their instruments. The Foundation makes sure that students with financial hardship are given loaner instruments.

The 2009 telethon will be broadcast through Thursday, April 2, on EdTV (Comcast Channel 26) from 7 - 9 p.m. and via live internet streaming at www.fremont-education.org.

Music Telethon 2009 will showcase elementary bands, students, local celebrities and major supporters.

Donations may be made at any time during the year - put ASB on the memo line of your check or go to www.fremont-education.org to make an online contribution.

Mail checks to Fremont Education Foundation; 39120 Argonaut Way, #381; Fremont, CA 94538. FEF donations are tax-deductible.



Praveena and Venkat Raman contributed to this article

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