Cooper Smith Music Library Collection Fund

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Preservation of valuable music resources and helping their colleagues and future District 61 music students and teachers weather the ups and downs of provincial education funding and district budget challenges was the motivation behind the development of the Cooper Smith Music Library Collection (CSMLC) by Eileen Cooper and Bonnie Smith.

Smith and Cooper have been delighted with the use of the CSMLC by District 61 music ensembles and general music classes and want to provide ongoing support for the library in perpetuity as long as it continues to be staffed and housed by School District #61 and supported by music teacher volunteers following current guidelines. This is why Cooper and Smith established the Cooper Smith Music Library Collection Fund (the Fund) in 2016, which will be managed by the Victoria Foundation, with the hope that the Fund will be further supported with donations or bequests from others who believe in the importance of stable funding for public school music education for young people.

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