Ridgecrest Elementary and South Girard have been selected to receive Alabama Arts Education Initiative (AAEI) Grants in the amount of $20,000 and $12,500, respectively. This is the first year Ridgecrest has received funding.
The grant will be used to fund the following: professional development for two adjunct teachers for art, music, and chorus as well as for classroom teachers for fine arts integration, art supplies, a new keyboard, music stands, rhythm instruments, new seating for art and music, pitch pipes for music and chorus, smocks for students, sheet music, school-wide field trips, and adjunct teachers will attend a week-long state art conference (SAIL) this summer.
This is the second consecutive year South Girard has been awarded this grant. A large majority of the grant will be used for stage updates, professional development for the staff, stipends for teachers of choir, theater, and visual art. Funds will also be used to purchase rights to plays, arts supplies, stage supplies for designs, school-wide field trips to the Springer.
Both schools will collaborate with Central High School’s fine arts department to foster seamless transition of the arts from elementary to middle to high school.