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 Radio Stations KIFM, 94.9 Award Nearly $40,000 in Music Grants to 27 Local Teachers

‚ÄčLocal radio stations KIFM and 94.9 have awarded nearly $40,000 in grants to classroom teachers to promote music education in San Diego County public schools.

The two stations' "All That Jazz" and "It's About the Music" awards ranged in size from $300 for professional development to $3,000 for music technology. Teachers from 15 different San Diego County school districts were awarded the grants.

The two stations are owned by the Lincoln Financial Media Co., as is local country station KSON. In addition to the grants from the smooth-jazz KIFM and alternative rock 94.9, all three Lincoln Financial stations feature the Teachers Are Heroes on-air campaign, which honors different teachers each month, recognizes the teaching profession in general throughout each day, and reaches a quarter of the county's radio-listening audience.

The music grants were coordinated by Ron Jessee, Arts Coordinator at the County Office of Education, and SDCOE public information officer Jim Esterbrooks.

"Our goal was to support music education programs in our public schools so students will have fun, enriching experiences on paths they never knew existed," said Owen Salerno, Promotions Manager at 94.9. Salerno credited the program sponsors, including the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, Scion, and most important, "anyone who has come out to a show or event which supports the 'About the Music' fund, he said.

Funds for the grants were generated by concert ticket sales and CD samplers. Applicants were asked to submit grants for staff development, field trips, innovation and music technology.

Teachers who won the music technology grants were: Greg Anderson, Carlsbad High, $3,000; Steve Lorentz, West Hills High, $1,950; Steve Guadarrama, Benchley Weinberger Elementary, $3,000; Karen Childress-Evans, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, San Diego Unified School District, $2,500; Kristy Smith, Linda Vista Elementary, $3000; Scott Kent, Marston Middle School, $995; Kim Read-Smith, San Pasqual School, $3,000; Dennis Mauricio, Hilltop High, $3,000; and Kim Morgan, Lake Elementary, $3,000.

Teachers awarded $300 professional development grants were Julie Yaeger of the San Dieguito Union High School District and Cici Groupe of Richland Elementary.

Field Trip grants of $500 were awarded to Heidi Isom of Felilcita Elementary, Linda Thompson of Monte Vista High, Tom Gaines of High Tech High North County, Mary Ann Saponara of Ocean View Hills Elementary; and Joseph Sutera and Angela Panfili of Carlton Oaks School.

Innovation grants of $1,000 each were awarded to Christine Huffman of Casillas Elementary, Rick Wall of Kellogg Elementary, Ratko Filipovich of Heritage Charger, Richard Almanza of Valhalla High, Jason Justenson of Lakeside Middle, Andrea Dee of Palmquist, David Trevino of Chula Vista High, Linda Moeller of Palomar High, Jeffrey Beck of Valley Center Elementary, Susan Stuber of Grapevine Elementary, and Shari Fernandez of Temple Heights Elementary.