Florence School District One music education program receives national recognition

May 1, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence School District One has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Florence School District One answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.

Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“I am extremely proud of our teachers, school ensembles, parents, principals and community supporters,” said Laura Greenway, Florence One’s performing arts coordinator. “It is an honor for school our school district to have the distinction of Best Community for Music Education for five consecutive years. We would not have received this award without every one of our separate groups.”

This award recognizes that Florence School District One is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing while leaving behind subjects such as music.

ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.