Lewis-Palmer School District 38 in Monument is one of three school districts in Colorado to win a Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for outstanding commitment to music education.
Winning districts demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
The other two in Colorado are Boulder Valley School District in Boulder and Cherry Creek School District 5 in Greenwood Village.
Also, Kent Denver School in Englewood and Nederland Middle-Senior High School received the Support Music Merit Award, which recognizes exemplary music education programs in individual schools.
To qualify, Lewis-Palmer D-38 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.
The award recognizes that D-38 is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act, which recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.
Music education research shows benefits in educational, cognitive and social skill for children who make music, as well as laying the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations.
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and has approximately 10,300 members around the world. This is the 19th year for the award.