GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Mind Meets Music won this year’s 2016 Connecting with Community Award and as part of that award they won a free public service announcement for a whole year. The public service announcement will spread the word and raise awareness about the work and mission of Mind Meets Music.
In 2009, Dr. Monique Salinas started the Mind Meets Music program, which later became it’s own nonprofit in 2013. Dr. Salinas understood there was an overwhelming need to help at risk students better develop their reading and writing skills. The goal of the program is to better equip students with the skills that will help them succeed as they grow.
The program consists of two 30 minute sessions every week. During the 30 minute sessions teachers focus on the Kodaly Music Methodology, which takes rhythmic concepts to teach syllable sounds, memory, and listening skills. The program is designed for students in kindergarten through second grade, which are considered crucial years for student’s brain development. Dr. Salinas and her staff at Mind Meets Music are looking to incorporate other innovative ways to help students succeed in the future.
The public service announcement and be viewed in the video above. The production was provided for free from WOOD TV 8 and the airtime was supplied by the Connecting with Community Partners.