A $15,000 grant recently allowed 92 children from inner city Catholic schools to attend summer music camps at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex., reports the University.
The grant, donated to the Music Preparatory School by the Charity Guild of Catholic Women, allowed the University to reach out to 13 inner city schools within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Children from the schools participated in one of six week-long music programs free of cost.
“This grant allows us to reach out to inner-city schools to children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to enroll in a music camp,” says Paul Krystofiak, founder and director of the Music Preparatory School and faculty of the Music Department at the University of St. Thomas, according to the University. “Many of these children are gifted. Without this opportunity, they may never have known their potential or that they were even interested in playing the piano.”
The Charity Guild of Catholic Women is a volunteer group comprised of women who strive “to aide all children regardless of race or creed,” according to its website. The group says that over the past ten years alone they have donated three million dollars to more than thirty different children’s charities.
The University of St. Thomas is recommended in The Newman Guide for it strong Catholic identity.
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