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Indy Star Letter to the Editor

We at Arts for Learning know the value of our volunteers, advocates, and donors. With their help, we reach more than 60,000 students with arts integration programming each year. They support us in our endeavors to increase the scope and reach of our work by empowering us to create new initiatives through thoughtful program development and community relationships.

One volunteer, specifically, has tirelessly donated her time, energy, and talent to the organization. Cheryl Strain is undoubtedly one of our most vocal advocates in the community, having personally raised countless donations for our organization. After more than 30 years of service, we are sad to share that Cheryl retired from the Board of Directors of Arts for Learning in June.

Since that time, we set up a fund in her honor to continue her efforts in sending board members to national professional development conferences. Since July, we have raised more than $30,000 dollars with nearly 100 gifts.

Children thrive with access to the arts. With high arts involvement, young people are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair. Cheryl understands this. She has fought for our mission, supported our staff and volunteers, and diligently worked to keep the arts in Indiana schools.

We thank her for her efforts on behalf of our staff, our artists, and the children of Indiana.

 

Signed,

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JoEllen Florio Rossebo

President & CEO

Arts for Learning

August 22, 2014

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