What is BandWagon 2?
An endowment to fund the eight middle schools music programs in District 205.
Who is involved?
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and Rockford Public Schools have each committed $100,000 to BandWagon 2. It is the shared goal of these organizations to raise an additional $100,000 from the community.
Why an endowment?
Endowments provide ongoing financial support by using the interest or investment earnings on the principal to support institutions or programs, like BandWagon 2, in perpetuity. Creating an endowment for middle school music programs in District 205 means that they will always have the necessary financial support for instruments, sheet music and uniforms. The Foundation safeguards the principal of the funds entrusted to it by prudently investing for both growth and preservation. More than 90% of the funds at the Community Foundation are permanently endowed and will provide resources for the Rockford area forever.
Why are music programs important?
The benefits of quality music programs extend far beyond the band room. Musically rich environments help children’s language development, spatial-temporal skills and test scores. As Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent of RPS, says “We don’t believe that outstanding music programs are something that’s nice to have; we believe that it’s something that’s essential to have in terms of having high quality fine arts opportunities for our students.”
How can I help?
There are many ways you can help:
1. Donate online. Please click here.
2. Donate by check. (Please make the the checks out to The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and write “BandWagon 2” in the memo field. Mail the checks to office at 946 N. Second Street, Rockford, IL 61107)
3. Become an advocate for robust music education in our schools by telling your friends, family and co-workers about BandWagon 2! You can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@The_CFNIL) for BandWagon 2 updates.
By donating to BandWagon 2, you are not only contributing to the health of our schools, but you are making a lasting investment in Rockford’s capability and culture.
RPS students try the ukulele at the 2014 instrument petting zoo, where more than 2,000 RPS students get to try out a variety of instruments.