Glee supporting school art education

Glee supporting the arts. / Jessica Fairley

Fox is promoting the Glee "Give A Note" campaign which will donate $1 million to support art education around the nation.

73 schools will be written a check for $10, $25, or $50,000 to use in their programs.

During an economic downturn, school art programs are usually the first go, but in Dougherty County officials have worked to make sure the cuts are a minimum. However even with little cuts, they say extra money is still needed.

A budget of $24,000 can only go so far when there are eight schools to support and this year's 10 percent budget cut leaves only $22,000 set aside for musical arts education.

"Music education is essential to just human nature. It's something that we all benefit from," said Dougherty County School System Music Coordinator Eartha Watkins.

Robert Lloyd, Dougherty County School System Director of Finance and Operational Services, says the system has made significant investments in the past.

"We invested a million dollars in instruments maybe three years ago. So there may be some instruments that we missed or it may be some instruments that go broken and need repairing," said Lloyd.

According to Watkins there's plenty of need. She says having the instruments is a good start but without proper maintenance the programs suffer. That's where thousands of dollars from the Glee "Give A Note" campaign would come in handy.

"You need supplies to operate your instruments such as reeds, mouth pieces, music, those types of things," said Watkins.

She says music isn't just about occupying time; it's a learning experience that not only helps students with school courses but it also helps builds character.

If allotted extra money school officials say they would branch outside of the classroom, bringing in musical professionals to inspire the youth and show them just how far they can go if they pursue music as a career.

Dougherty County school officials say the 10 percent cut was not singled out just for the music program. It was a cut across the board.