Fordson High School’s Newest Instruments and the Organization That Made it Happen

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Public Schools Fordson High School music students receive new instruments from members of the Dearborn Education Foundation.

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Public Schools
Fordson High School music students receive new instruments from members of the Dearborn Education Foundation.

Oct. 30 was a day to note for both the Dearborn Education Foundation and Fordson High School. Several Foundation members visited the school to present them with new musical instruments funded by DEF.

Fordson High Schools band teacher Dan Taylor put in a grant request for instruments needed to help his students better their music education. His request was approved, and the instruments were one step closer to being in his classroom.

“It’s really nice having a foundation that’s so active and raises a lot of money,” Taylor said.

Foundation board and committee members Susan Dabaja, Thomas Wall, Jim Thorpe, Nofila Haider, John Zadikian, Hussein Hachem, and Christine Sipperley visited the school to present the new equipment to the students, along with Mr. Taylor, and Fordson High School principal Heyam Alcodray.

Once the executive director of DEF, Chastity Townsend announced that the foundation had funded the instruments, students grew curious and asked to learn more about the non-profit organization.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the more people who know about our foundation and what we do, the better,” said Zadikian, a board member of the foundation and former band student.

Amongs the funded percussion instruments were orchestral chimes, musical triangles, tambourines and a guiro.

“We’re really thankful for everything that was donated,” a Fordson freshman and first-year band member said.

Foundation members were thrilled to be able to present the equipment to the school. The organization supports all student programs and aims to fund as much as it can. Providing classroom tools is something the foundation does when school budgets can’t cover the costs.

“This is why we do what we do, Townsend said. “It’s for the advancement of Dearborn students, and this gives them a way to express their creativity through music.”

“If you ask me, we can’t have too much in the way of arts programming in any of our schools,” Zadikian said. “I’m an advocate for it, I always have been and always will be and I will definitely push for more arts and music education in the schools through my position on the board with the foundation. The foundation is one of the district’s best kept secrets.”