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News Release

November 15, 2012
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications
Fame music

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Students of Walker Mill Middle School and Largo and Central high schools received donations of pianos from a local non-profit, the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME), for use in their school’s music program.

The donation was made possible through the combined efforts of Bowie State University and Council Member Derek Davis, alumnus of Central High School.

Working alongside FAME, Council Member Davis secured four pianos for donation from Bowie State University. The fifth piano, a baby grand, was available for sale by Bowie State University. Council Member Davis provided FAME with a grant to purchase the final piano for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

“Music programs help students thrive and become well-rounded individuals through self-expression and discipline in the arts,” said Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, Interim Superintendent of Schools. “These donations will provide additional opportunities for our students to experience the arts.”

Central High School received a baby grand piano and two electric pianos. Walker Mill Middle School and Largo High School received Yamaha upright pianos.

“More partnerships like this are needed to sustain the music programs of our public schools,” said Toni Lewis, Founder/ Executive Director of FAME. 

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About PGCPS: Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is one of the nation’s 25 largest school districts, with 209 schools and centers, more than 129,000 students, and nearly 19,000 employees. With an annual budget of $1.79 billion, the district serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban, and rural communities. PGCPS offers a wide variety of innovative academic programs, including language immersion, high school career academies, and dual enrollment. Its location just outside of Washington, D.C. enables the district to partner with higher education and local and national agencies and businesses to provide unique learning opportunities for students.