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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Neel Family Fund Grant

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                               

May 4, 2021

Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Neel Family Fund Grant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has been awarded a grant from the Neel Family Fund.

The $30,685.72 grant will help fund the KnightRider Recording Studios, a semi-professional, educational audio recording studio that will allow students to learn how to record and produce music. This will be integrated into the current Guitar I and II and Harmony classes while providing the ability to teach students how to record large ensembles in band, choir, and orchestra. The long-term plan is to introduce a music production class as a new course offering in Grand Forks Public Schools and provide additional opportunities for project-based learning.

Along with an impact grant from the Grand Forks Foundation for Education, funding for the program at Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools is complete.

"We are extremely grateful for the Neel Family Fund that supports music education. With this gift, combined with the Grand Forks Foundation for Education impact grant, students will be afforded a phenomenal recording studio where they can collaborate and create authentic music while accelerating their passion and trajectory on a potential career path,” said Superintendent Dr. Terry Brenner.

The Neel Family Fund is a fund of the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and Region. The fund was established by Joe K. Neel, Jr. to provide support of music education for children 18 years of age and younger in Grand Forks County.

The gift is intended to support music education for school music programs; youth bands, choirs, and orchestras; summer programs; purchases of music and instruments; or costs/fees for guest conductors and clinicians. Gifts are to be used to increase or supplement resources of music education rather than replace or supplant existing resources.