Benson, Hampton, Sandhills Members Receive California Casualty Grants

Three NSEA members – teaching in three different arts disciplines – have each received a $250 California Music and Arts grant to assist with purchase of art materials, music and other necessities.

Recipients announced in September were Erienne Wredt, a speech and drama teacher at Benson High School in Omaha; Regina Farris, a music teacher for the Hampton Public Schools; and Amy Simonson, an art teacher for Sandhills Public Schools in Dunning.

The grant availability was announced in The Voice in March not long after California Casualty introduced the grants to help pay for art materials, music and other necessities. The grant is designed to foster creativity for choir, band, dance, film, theater, computer arts and graphics – or for any K-12 curriculum that employs art for learning.  

California Casualty been serving educators since 1951 and understands the importance of music and arts education. Numerous studies have concluded that sharing a love of the arts enhances students’ brain development, creativity and classroom involvement. Curriculum for music and art have been shown to reduce disciplinary issues and dropout rates.

The California Casualty grant dollars must be used to subsidize music and arts programs or projects in the classroom. Applicants must be a current member or referred by a current member of NSEA. 
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