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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces $2.5 Million Gift from Haslam Foundation

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 12:18 PM

click to enlarge Students attending a class at the Rock Hall. - COURTESY OF THE ROCK HALL
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  • Students attending a class at the Rock Hall.
Earlier today, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced that the Haslam Foundation has made a $2.5 million gift to the Rock Hall in support of its education programs. As a result, the Rock Hall established the Haslam Scholars Program. The program provides free admission and “expert classroom instruction” to Cleveland Metropolitan School District students and Title 1 schools statewide.

“The Haslams understand the power of investing in education, arts and culture and have been a transformative partner in helping the Rock Hall deliver high quality education programs for children throughout the state. We are grateful for their generosity and look forward to reaching more students and supporting educational outcomes,” says Greg Harris, President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in a press release.

“Eliminating barriers and providing equal access for admission to all the wonderful musical and educational elements within the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is important to our family,” says Rock & Roll Hall of Fame board member and Browns owner Dee Haslam. “We are excited to create the Haslam’s Scholars Program and help foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of music for students throughout the state of Ohio."

Through this Haslam Scholars Program, the Rock Hall will provide on-site, interdisciplinary classes on the history of rock ’n’ roll that meet academic content standards. Classes will draw on “the power of rock to teach students about fine arts, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, and technology.”

Since its inception, the Rock Hall has reached 350,000 students and continues to reach 19,000 students annually through its Rockin’ the Schools program.

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