West Virginia middle schools receiving music education grants

Eight West Virginia middle schools will be receiving grants from a nationwide music education effort to support local music programs. The Save the Music Foundation is providing the schools with grants worth an average of $40,000, which can be used for musical instruments, equipment and program management: Kasson Elementary/Middle School in Barbour County, Huntington East Middle School in Cabell County, Meadow Bridge PK-6 in Fayette County, Hannan Junior/Senior High School in Mason County, Pike View Middle School in Mercer County, Lenore PK-8 in Mingo County, Buffalo Middle School in Wayne County, Herndon Consolidated Elementary/Middle School in Wyoming County.

“We should be so proud with what we’re doing in West Virginia, especially what we’re doing with the arts and music,” Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday. “We should be so proud. Today is just another day of amazing accomplishment.”

The Save the Music Foundation has provided matching grants to West Virginia band programs since 2010, and the partnership has resulted in $4.8 million going to 120 schools in all 55 counties.