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Parents raise money to keep strings program going at two elementary schools

They held a ring toss at the fall festival and donated profits from a jewelry party. And when their kids perform, they pass a hat. Parents pool pocket change with more generous donations to pay the salary for a violin teacher shared by Mitchell and Gorrie elementary schools. Five years ago, the district cut the strings program in traditional elementary schools, as fiscal austerity strained culture budgets across the country. So the parents at the two South Tampa schools decided to pick up the tab for Todd Jefferis. He had been teaching their children nearly 10 years at that point. Now, each school raises $36,000 a year and sends a monthly check to the district, which covers Jefferis' salary and benefits. [Carolyn Van Houten | tampabay.com] (Dec. 13, 2013)

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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