Southwest Elementary – Dexter, Missouri

On April 8th, we visited the small town of Dexter, Missouri for our fourth Music In Our Schools tour stop! Radio Disney’s, Nate hosted the celebration concert featuring the Southwest Elementary Honor Choir conducted by Mr. James Eldreth with a performance by Before You Exit!  The band presented a $2500 grant on behalf of Give A Note to the Southwest Elementary music program.

“Winning the Music in Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour competition is probably the biggest thing that has ever happened in my community,” said Southwest Elementary music teacher James Eldreth. “Big events like this just do not happen without having to drive 2.5 hours to either St. Louis or Memphis. We anticipate most of our town attending on April 8th.”

“When I entered the competition, I never expected to win,” Mr. Eldreth continued. “I was using it as a chance to let my newly formed Honor Choir have the chance to do something special. When we did win, I was ecstatic! Getting any type of grant was not on my mind at all, but when I heard it was $2,500 I was speechless! I definitely want to choose some things that will benefit all of the students.” Mr. Eldreth mentioned plans to provide the school library with books on music, noting the need to build reading skills among the students, as well as instruments and supplies for the music classroom.


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