Westside schools:
Bristol awarded arts grant with MAT

       Bristol Elementary will get a chance to add to its arts focus through a just-announced grant that will be used toward a three-year drama partnership with the Westside-based Manitou Art Theatre (MAT).
       “It's really exciting,” Principal Manuel Ramsey said. “It strengthens our art emphasis and integrates with our math and literacy education.”
       He credited a parent, Michelle Stellick, for writing the application for a Mary Lou Anderson Arts Enhancement Grant. Valued at $1,000, the grant this year will cover 25 hours for an artist in residence, a five-week after school program, two school assembly performances by MAT, six scholarships to MAT workshops, and 30 tickets for MAT performances.
       A recording by Coronado High's Jazz Band 1 last May was impressive enough to gain second place in a competition by Music & Arts, a national music company.
       The reward was a new Yamaha soprano saxophone for the school and a “shopping spree” for $750 of sheet music. According to band director Alan Combs, the instrument will be especially handy because the soprano sax is a lesser-used instrument that most saxophone players don't own. “So it was a really great choice for a prize,” he said. “Most schools like to have one around.”
       As for the sheet music, Combs found 14 new pieces through online capabilities that allowed him to listen to the songs before deciding which ones to get music for.
       In another recent honor, Jazz Band I was one of two high school jazz bands selected statewide to perform at the annual Colorado Music Educators Association convention in January at the Broadmoor Hotel.
       A training opportunity is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 12 for retirees and senior citizens who would like to volunteer as “Grand-Friends” in District 11 schools.
       GrandFriends “are effective mentors for students, assisting them academically, as well as positively impacting their lives,” a D-11 press release states.
       For more information about the program, call Mary Beth Williams in D-11 Volunteer Services at 520-2311.
       In the District 11 Board of Education election Nov. 3, incumbent Sandra Mann was tops among the five candidates with 34,202 votes. With the top three getting elected to the board, the other two successful candidates were LuAnn Long, 24,502; and Al Loma, 21451.
       The new board members will take office Nov. 30. The board has seven members in all.

Westside Pioneer/press releases