Saint Francis International School
To Whom it May Concern:
I write this letter today to heartily endorse the work of The Music in Me Foundation International and their PeerPositive Intervention Initiative.
Over the past few years The Music in Me Foundation has worked extensively with our school to present valuable and meaningful assemblies for our students on self-esteem and combating bullying. Our school choir was even blessed to be able to collaborate with The Music in Me Foundation on their recent recording of “Unleash Your Super Powers.” We are excited to be participating in The Music in Me Foundation’s upcoming rally on the National Mall as well as their implementation of the PeerPositive Intervention Initiative in our school.
This year the theme at Saint Francis International School is “Make Us Instruments of Peace” and we believe that the PeerPositive Intervention Initiative will help us reach our goal of nurturing students to become peacebuilders who act with kindness! In fact, on September 21st, in conjunction with the visit of Pope Francis to United States, our students will be taking the Kids for Peace Pledge and we believe that the lessons and skills that will be learning through the PeerPositive Intervention Initiative will help them to be able to keep their peace pledge.
I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.
I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.
I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands. I pledge to respect people in each and every land.
I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small.
I pledge to do my part to create PEACE for one and all.
I strongly encourage you to join Saint Francis International School in supporting the efforts of The Music in Me Foundation. The work of Jane Pinczuk and all of her collaborators is an invaluable resource to educators and students everywhere!
Tobias A. Harkleroad, M.Ed.
Principal / Chief Administrator
Letter of Support from Prince George's County Public Schools
To whom it may concern,
It is our pleasure to write this letter of support for The Music in Me Foundation. I met with founder Jane Pinczuk and was impressed with her description of the program. Her powerful anti-bullying message delivered through music is a testament to the power of the arts.
Her commitment and passion to the design of this program has made it desirable for our schools and our school system is interested in exploring this further. The foundation’s May 4, 2016 event (on Anti-Bullying Day), Unleash Your Superpowers: Unite Against Bullying Pep-Rally, is a great opportunity to highlight this program, as well give many students an unforgettable experience packed full of highly motivational and fun educational activities that they can bring back to their schools and communities to implement.
I am the Arts Integration Officer for Prince George’s County schools. We currently have over 12,000 students in 15 pilot schools. The Music in Me Foundation would be a great partner in empowering our students to combat bullying. We support Ms. Pinczuk’s efforts and look forward to working with her in the future.
Arts Integration Officer
Prince George's County Public Schools
Bel Pre Elementary School
To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing to support the educational, social, and emotional benefit’s of The Music In Me Foundation. The foundation’s mission of “re-building self-esteem and eliminating self-limitation” resonates with the goal of every administrator, teacher, and parent.
We piloted The Music in Me to provide students with another outlet to express their feelings. The message of literacy, respectful behavior, and empowerment was delivered through the use of music and the arts. Students left with the message that they all have their own special music or gifts inside. Unleashing that gift is essential to learning.
The positive messages provided by The Music In Me Foundation support our school wide PBIS initiatives that focus on being Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn. We look forward to seeing more books from Jane Pinczuk that will inspire and motivate students in creative ways.
Ten-Time Grammy Award Winner Vocalist and Conductor Bobby McFerrin
The Music in Me is a delightful book that reminds me of waking up and falling asleep in the universe of sound and the pure joy of listening and participating in the music that surrounded me in my home.
Bobby McFerrin is one of the natural wonders of the music world. He wrote the foreword for The Music in Me because the book uniquely promotes the importance of education and music--two of his inspirations. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is one of the world's best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor, the creator of "Don't Worry Be Happy", one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century, and a passionate spokesman for music education. His recordings have sold over 20 million copies, and his collaborations including those with with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, the Vienna Philharmonic, and Herbie Hancock have established him as an ambassador of both the classical and jazz worlds.
Best Selling Children’s Author Valerie Tripp
Hurray! I feel as though fireworks are called for. What a triumph of talent, perseverance and hope. The Music in Me is a complete delight! What a great way to learn, read and have fun! The writing is charming, cheerful and deft. It is as harmonious as music, and as engaging. Bravo! It is a treasure!”