Instrument Grant from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
Manzanita and Rowland Elementary Schools in the Covina-Valley Uniﬁed School District received 110 new musical instruments thanks to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Partnering with Stub Hub and the Roth Family Foundation, the schools were targeted for the instrument donation because of their strong music programs and leadership.
After the schools submitted an application for support, the foundation found their music programs to be a worthwhile investment, allowing more students to be able to play and experience the benefits of music education. All fourth and fifth-grade students participate in their choice of music class during the regular school day for 90 minutes each week. Students do not pay a fee for the use of loaned instrument.
“Learning music in school is a way to engage kids and give them something that makes them better students and better people,” said Felice Mancini, president and CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. “They deserve every tool available to help them receive a quality education, and we want to ensure that music is in the toolbox.”
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. The organization was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus and founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for the movie and countless others. In the last 20 years, more than 18,000 new and refurbished instruments have been donated to more than 1,311 schools across the country.
The total retail value of this donation is $108,000. The donation is made possible through generous funding from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation partners, StubHub and the Roth Family Foundation.