News Release: Northwestern HS Choir Receives Grant from Jane Henson Foundation

August 28, 2012
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications

HYATTSVILLE, MD — The Northwestern High School choir received a $5,000 grant from the Jane Henson Foundation that will off-set traveling expenses to a music festival in South Africa.

Jane Henson is the wife of late puppeteer Jim Henson, who graduated from Northwestern High in 1954. The school’s art wing – the Jim Henson School of Arts, Media and Communications – is named in his honor. The New York City-based foundation is a longtime supporter of the choir and the school’s creative arts program.

“Music provides our students with a showcase for their talents along with life-changing educational opportunities,” said Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Chair of the Prince George's County Board of Education. “We appreciate the Jane Henson Foundation’s continued support.”

The choir will participate in the Ihlombe! South African music festival next summer.


Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 209 schools and centers, more than 129,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.