Auburn Music Program Receives $2,000 From Grammy Foundation

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The Auburn Rockets received the 2012 MIAA District E Sportsmanship Award in November. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck

AUBURN, Mass. – The Grammy Foundation is making a $2,000 donation to Auburn High School’s music program as part of its Community Award program, Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle announced at Wednesday’s School Committee meeting.

She said this was an unexpected donation, and she's thrilled to receive it.

The Grammy Foundation recognizes excellence in high school music education programs nationally. Within the past two years, the foundation has partnered with Best Buy, which is rolling out a new line of stores called “Best Buy Mobile.” For every grand opening of a store, Best Buy wants to make a donation in the local community to a high school music education program.

In Auburn’s case, a Best Buy Mobile opened in the Auburn Mall on Nov. 21, and, in celebration of that opening, Auburn High School’s music program was selected to receive the award of $2,000.

To date, $500,000 in grants has been distributed across 250 schools.

Auburn Rockets Receive MIAA District E Sportsmanship Award

Brunelle also praised Auburn High School athletes and coaches at Wednesday’s School Committee meeting for receiving the 2012 MIAA District E Sportsmanship Award for the fall sports season.

“As exciting as it is for our students to have championship wins on the field, on the court and on the track, the fact that they’re earning sportsmanship awards while they’re doing so speaks to the whole program at the high school,” Brunelle said. “It’s another great honor.”

The Rockets’ opponents nominated Auburn for this award.

“To me, as the athletic director, that award is as special as a Super Bowl, a state championship,” Athletic Director William Garneau said at Tuesday’s fall letter night. “That’s a pretty special thing when you’re being honored by your opponents.”

A presentation of this award was held during the 19th annual MIAA/MSSADA Sportsmanship Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Nov. 16. Garneau and high school assistant principal Eileen Donahue, along with several of the fall sports captains, received the award. 

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