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Posted: August 19, 2010 9:06 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2010 6:00 a.m.
 

The Music Makers Parent Teacher Association presented a $30,000 donation to the Newhall School District to benefit the district’s music program.

The PTA gave the donation to the district at the school district’s board meeting on Aug. 17.

The contribution was the largest donation the PTA has ever given to the district, according to Valerie Chloupek, Music Makers PTA president.

Students in the Newhall School District receive weekly music lessons in one of the few school districts that offer music education during school hours, Chloupek said.

Local families and businesses raised the funds for the donation, along with voluntary donations by the parents of children in the music program. The PTA also raised funds by selling T-shirts, hosting bake sales and asking for voluntary donations at school concerts.

“The PTA is now playing a more critical role because of budget cuts,” Chloupek said.

“We’re having to think outside of our normal box (to raise funds).”

Chloupek, who has been involved with the PTA for four years, took music-education classes when she was in school and felt that it was a beneficial experience.

“I had a music education while I was growing up, and I find that it creates a well-rounded child,” Chloupek said.

“I think there’s a strong correlation between music education and higher test scores.”

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