The Guardian Catholic School music program received nearly $16,000 from The Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation. The generous gift will help fund the purchase of percussion instruments, keyboards and xylophones to establish a drumline at the school.
“There are so many amazing things Guardian Catholic School is trying to accomplish and given our foundation focus on specific projects, this is a perfect match,” said Tabitha Furyk. “Learning to read music truly gives these students an opportunity to grow their future and being able to give them these instruments and watch this program grow will be amazing. We’re glad to be part of it.”
The Furyks have been supporters for many years and wanted to help the new music teacher, Winston Timmons, expand the music program.
“Having a drum line at Guardian will further round out our program and bring so much excitement to our sporting events,” said Timmons, who joined Guardian Catholic last year after graduating from Edward Waters University where he served as drumline leader. “Helping children as young as first grade to read music and understand the fundamentals often fuels a lifelong passion for music. I’m excited to start my own traditions at Guardian including a band program. My vision is to get more and more kids to learn about music.”
Jane Lanier, Guardian Board chair, is thankful for the donation that helps provide quality educational opportunities to help students succeed.
“Because of Tabitha and Jim’s generosity, our students have many new musical instruments, and they are learning to read music — even our second graders! The Furyk’s tireless work for children, particularly the most vulnerable, is recognized and appreciated by all of us at Guardian.”
For more information about Guardian Catholic School, visit www.GuardianCatholic.com.