The program currently provides art classes in about 25 schools in five counties, Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Sunflower and Tallahatchie, and depending on the semester reaches around 5,000 students.
"Our Education Director, Dr. Lenagene Waldrup of Drew, began the program in the fall of 2004 with a pilot class of 17 children," said Delta Arts Alliance Treasurer Hilda Povall.
“She now receives requests from across the state seeking information, advice and counsel on the success of the program. In the current economy funding is more and more a challenge. So the generous gift from the American Legion along with other member donations ensures another year of support for the Delta Arts Alliance Artists in area schools.”
Povall said the American Legion is a generous organization and has made donations to many groups throughout the county.
"We knew the American Legion to be a generous organization and we are extremely appreciative of their support for our art education program. Joe Kersh, Adjutant, his wife Barbara, along with their Secretary Stella Stuckey and her husband, Mike Stuckey and their daughter, Jennifer, were guests at the Delta Arts Spring Dinner Musical where they had an opportunity to see some of the wonderful musical artists who work with and/or volunteer their time to Delta Arts," said Povall.
"They recently provided funds to $12,000 to the Cleveland High School Band to buy much needed instruments, an oboe, a bassoon, and two French horns.
“Their Secretary Stella Stuckey, former CHS Band member, made the presentation during CHS Band class and they were overwhelmed with the gratitude of the students and Band Director Clay Fuller," Povall said.