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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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.