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Tuckahoe JazzCo IS "Part of the School"

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Tuckahoe JazzCo is a successful dance program open to all Tuckahoe High School students. The program has been in existence for 15 years despite many roadblocks due to the fact that it is not "part of the school". The most recent problem deals with the storage of thousands of dollars worth of JazzCo costumes. They have been kept in a closet on the second floor of the high school for the past 10 years. Suddenly, this space is needed for "district storage". In order for the JazzCo program to function properly, these costumes must be conveniently located. JazzCo services between 50 and 60 students every year. It is not only a Performance Arts program, but an educational one as well. Students learn different types of dance and the cultures and costumes that are appropriate for each style of dance. Several Senior students choreograph their own dances as well as teach underclassmen dances that have already been choreographed. Tuckahoe JazzCo supports Michele Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, providing exercise to students during the winter months, when they are less active. JazzCo's 2015-2016 budget is completely covered by donations, performance receipts and the BOCES Arts in Education rebate program. It would cost the district and the taxpayers nothing. Please add Tuckahoe JazzCo to this year's budget immediately. Thank you.

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