Cy-Hope grants benefit Cy-Fair ISD music programs

A pair of grants from district supporter Cy-Hope totaling $11,000 will benefit music programs at Cy-Fair ISD schools.

One of the donations, in the amount of $10,000, will impact music programs at 18 elementary and six secondary campuses with 60 percent or more of students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals. The other $1,000 grant will fund the Cy-Fair ISD Choral Festival in the spring.

For the organization’s support of Cy-Fair ISD music programs, the Board of Trustees will recognize Cy-Hope representatives Lynda Zelenka, executive director, and Dr. Betty Devine, during the regular Board meeting.

According to Zelenka, the donation came about when Dr. Devine – the founder and artistic director for the Houston Choral Society – expressed a desire to give back to Cy-Hope through her passion for music.

“Music crosses all generations and all demographics. It can bring joy to so many people, no matter their economic status,” Zelenka says . “I think that’s critical in the lives of our students. It’s a blessing for us to be able to fill a gap and make the community aware of some of these needs in Title I schools.”

Cy-Hope provided an additional $1,000 grant to fund reinstatement of the districtwide Choral Festival for fifth-grade students, last held in 2006. “Our teachers and students are very excited to bring back this great tradition,” says Loretta Bourn, coordinator for elementary music. “It’s a special opportunity for 340 voices to come together to sing at the Berry Center.”

The $10,000 donation is anticipated to benefit 16,564 elementary and 1,100 secondary students. A variety of needs will be addressed, including Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) registration assistance, music equipment for classrooms and additional master classes for secondary campuses.

“We are grateful and excited that Cy-Hope has made this generous contribution for our students. This will benefit many of our programs which otherwise would not have this opportunity,” says Larry Matysiak, Cy-Fair ISD director of fine arts. “Our teachers and students are very excited about this wonderful grant, which will go a long way to help our students succeed.”