From the President (Feb. 22, 2010)

Dear Colleagues,

It has been a very busy month that has just passed by, and with the Convention in Philadelphia and some parent health issues that I needed to take care of in Maine, I have been a little out of the loop. I returned last Thursday to schooI and was feeling swamped with work that was seemingly overtaking me, and so I have been a bit remiss in getting ACDA work done. However, I am catching up and will answer all the questions that have been directed my way over the next few days.

A colleague sent me the news clip (below) that I thought some of you might find interesting. It is admittedly about education in general, but if you listen closely to a few of the comments that are made along the way, one cannot help but make connections with our own experiences in our own schools. Education is really in a crisis right now, and I fear that things will not get better in the immediate future. As ACDA members I hope we are prepared to support out music colleagues in our schools, churches and communities. We need to be proactive if we see a position in jeopardy, or a program marked for potential elimination. We need not wait until it is too late; we need to make a call, or write a letter. Be visible by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper or the Burlington Free Press extolling the virtues of of our arts programs in our schols and communities. We are all in the same network, and we need to support each other…….

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And listen to the news clip below; it is testament to what can happen when one has a vision and has leadership qualities.

Sincerely,

Frank Whitcomb

http://shmais.com/news.cfm?ID=44538

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