The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School has received the 2014 SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School joins 96 schools across the country to receive the prestigious award this year.

The SupportMusic Merit Award is awarded to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

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To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas, an affiliate of the University of Kansas.

“The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School continues their mission of emphasizing music and arts as an integral part of our educational program and the many benefits it offers our diverse student community of learners,” said Ben Benjamin, Director of Fine and Performing Arts. “We are very proud of our long-standing commitment to the arts and are honored to receive the 2014 Support Music Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation. This award helps to validate our belief in the importance that music and the arts play in the development of our students and the teaching of the whole child in their classical education here at BFCCPS.”

The SupportMusic Merit Award is an important part of the NAMM Foundation’s efforts to advocate for school-based music education. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost other academic and social skills, such as math and learning to cooperate in a group.