It’s been a long time coming – just ask Madeleine Arsenault, member of the ECI Fundraising Committee. In 2011, she and Sharon MacKenzie were coordinating bake sales and knocking on local business doors to raise money for the music department. Later that year, they joined forces with School Council in what became a strategic and school-wide RAI$E-A-RUCKUS fundraising campaign. “It’s beyond gratifying to finally see this new lab at ECI, not only a physical reaffirmation of the positive changes for students, their programs and ECI’s facilities, but a symbolic one too, of the power to effect change when we all get involved,” says Madeleine.
A team of many, including, volunteers, school staff, students, ECI families, Alumni, the local business community and a very generous anonymous Alumnus donor, all contributed to this milestone at ECI.
In addition to other recent enhancements at ECI, electronic music classes will be officially available to students with state-of-the-art computer workstations starting second semester. Ms. Mutter Abd-Elmessih, Assistant Curriculum Leader, for The Arts and Music, has been busy organizing the lab and is eager for students to now have the opportunity to develop their music interests further. “What better way to share the thrill of this accomplishment than hearing from a few students who have already experienced the benefits of the lab,” says Ms. Mutter Abd-Elmessih.
“The new music lab allowed us to come together as a group when deciding what to play at the recent Holiday Concert and the Parent Social at the Crooked Cue. We can now research the music on the computers, listen to the pieces and access the sheet music. Thank you to all the donors for these computers and keyboards. It’s been very helpful and exciting to use them! It’s so amazing how people have made donations and how their generosity is helping ECI’s music program. Thank you!”
Testimonial by Grade 9 students: Jessica F. and Mara N.