TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- The Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education thanked Dr. Anne Witt for a decade of service and support of music education at a Tuesday night meeting.
Dr. Witt co-wrote the original grant for TCS' Strings in Schools program after securing funds from more than 120 individuals and businesses. Arts philanthropist Gloria Moody matched Witt's funds, which raised approximately $500,000 to sustain the program for its first three years.
The program is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. More than 250 students participated in the program last year.
"So many people in Tuscaloosa saw the vision, and they helped," Witt said. "Everybody put something on the table."
Throughout her collaboration with the program, Witt has developed financial support to send teachers to professional development, funded student instrument repairs and coordinated music education for the Pre-K program. She also works to ensure instruments are available to students who cannot afford to rent.
"We want to be sure no child is turned away," Witt said.
TCS Coordinator of Fine Arts Jeffrey Schultz says Witt's dedication has made TCS' music offerings nationally known.
"Her vision pushes teachers to grow, which makes programs grow," Schultz said. "That's all thanks to Dr. Witt."