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Message from the Mayor


Fellow Opelikians,

March is National Music in our Schools month. And I love that. Music is good for the mind, body and soul. I thought it only appropriate to spotlight the incredible ways our Opelika School System incorporates music into our students lives. As early as Kindergarten, students interact with various types of music. This learning continues through high school where students can join many different forms of performing arts. Through participation in classes such as guitar,rock band, marching band, theatre, show choir and more, our kids in Opelika are experiencing dynamic music programs that will shape their future.

Based on several sources, music helps students become well-rounded young adults by doing things like improving hand-eye coordination, teaching them to be creative and solve problems, giving students a sense of accomplishment and helps promote good behavior. Itís also been known to improve test scores and help students engage in school better. Throughout many of these classes, children form lifetime friends and bonds with mentors.

If you have a chance to attend one or more of the Opelika City Schools music programs, please do so. You will be impressed and moved by the talent of our students and teachers. If you have kids and donít know about these programs, I encourage you to contact your school and ask how your child can get involved with music in any way.

 

Warmest Regards,

   

Gary Fuller