It’s an age-old story—too many needs, not enough money. And nowhere is this more evident than in our local schools, where state funding for teachers and programming have suffered cut backs over the years. However, in the last year local schools in need have received funding for their important projects from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott. When asked why this funding had been directed to the schools, Dr. David Hess, President of the Jewish Foundation said: “Children are our community’s greatest asset and it is paramount that we do everything possible, as a community, to give them the opportunity to prosper and succeed.”

For months, Granite Mountain School has been raising funds to purchase new instruments for the band program for their 5th and 6th graders. By spring, the band boosters were still short $42,000 in order to meet their goal of having the new instruments for the students in time for the fall semester of 2018. Luan Mueller, Band Instructor at Granite Mountain School, explained what happened next: “One day, unexpectedly, I got an email from the Jewish Foundation. Less than a week later two trustees from the Foundation visited one of my band classes. One week after that I was contacted and informed the Jewish Foundation would provide the $42,000 needed for the instruments. I was speechless—it was like a miracle. We are so thankful for this wonderful gift.”


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