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Waxhaw Elementary (Jeremy Ryder, teacher) received an Arts in Schools grant for students to study the evolution of digital music and how it has changed the music world.

UNION COUNTY — Eight elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one charter school were selected to receive Arts in Schools grants given by the Union County Arts Council.

The grants provide art education materials or instruction for students.

“These grants mean so much to the arts programs that teachers and staff provide for students in our schools,” Barbara Faulk, Executive Director of the council, said. “Students are very creative and can turn this grant into a lasting arts project that has great impact on student learning.”

The grants will go toward the purchase of musical instruments, virtual drama performances, installation of permanent art projects, sensory gardens at schools, the creation of a digital music program and support for the Fred Ingold Music Festival.

Schools who will be receiving grants include: (Elementary) Waxhaw, East, Rock Rest, Kensington, Indian Trail, Western Union, Porter Ridge and Benton Heights; (Middle) Piedmont; (High School) Porter Ridge); and (Charter) Union Academy.