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Pew Public Education Fund Sends Kids to Camp at FAU

BOCA RATON, FL (July 21, 2011) – The Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund will provide funding to send 100 campers to the TOPS (Teaching Outstanding PerformerS) Band Camp organized by the department of music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. The camp will run from Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29 on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

The campers are from South Grade Elementary and Highland Elementary in Lake Worth, and K.E. Cunningham Canal Point Elementary in Belle Glade. The schools’ band directors, Alain Goindoo, Edward Shuman and Emmanuel Fergile, serve as camp counselors along with FAU music students. Debra Barron, former band director for South Grade Elementary, helped launch the summer camp and will return to help for this summer’s camp. This is the fifth summer that the Pew Public Education Fund has assisted these kids, who wouldn’t have a chance otherwise, to attend band camp at FAU.

“It has proved to be a wonderful experience for everyone involved,” said Kyle Prescott, director of the camp and associate chair of FAU’s department of music. “The elementary school kids get some great instruction, and FAU students get some practical experience in teaching. The camp also serves as a wonderful opportunity to get these students on a college campus. These experiences tend to influence students’ later decisions to attend college after high school.”

Campers will take part in private lessons, music theory classes, ensemble (band) rehearsals, music appreciation classes and other camp activities. The camp is a continuation of a music outreach program FAU’s music department has with the schools throughout the year where FAU music students work with South Grade and Highland students under the direction of the schools’ band directors to give private and small group music lessons to students in these lower income schools. There will be a final concert presented by the campers on Friday, July 29.

For more information about FAU’s music program, call 561-297-3810.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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