June 2012 Recipients
Waikouaiti School has received a $750 grant from the Mazda Foundation to purchase a class set of ukuleles for students to learn to play during their music lessons.
The school has hired ukuleles in the past and it proved to be such a success with the students that the school decided to provide each student in the music class with an instrument to practice with.
“We’re thrilled to receive this donation from the Mazda Foundation. The students are so passionate about learning to play the ukulele, they love to sing and play music,” says Trudy Pankhurst, Principal of Waikouaiti School.
“Many of our students live 45 minutes drive from Dunedin so they don’t have the opportunity to attend music lessons offered in the city. School ukulele lessons allow them to practice a lot closer to home.”
The school hopes that the ukulele lessons will encourage students to learn more about music, rhythm, tune and culture.