AVAF donates to District 196

Apple Valley High School Principal Michael Bolsoni accepts an $18,000 donation from Apple Valley Arts Foundation President Sonya Busch (right) and Apple Valley Mayor and Foundation Vice President Mary Hamann-Roland.

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – The Apple Valley Arts Foundation donated $18,000 to support arts education at District 196 schools in Apple Valley. Foundation President Sonya Busch and Apple Valley Mayor and Foundation Vice President Mary Hamann-Roland presented the donation to Apple Valley High School Principal Michael Bolsoni Dec. 18 during a choir concert at the school.

“We are so thankful for this generous donation,” Bolsoni said. “The arts are an essential part of educating a whole student. This gift will help our schools continue their commitment to providing infinite opportunities for students in the arts.”

The donation will be shared among Apple Valley and Eastview high schools and the School of Environmental Studies; Falcon Ridge, Scott Highlands and Valley middle schools, and Cedar Park Diamond Path, Greenleaf, Highland, Southview and Westview elementary Schools.

“The arts are critical to imagining a better future for our children,” Hamman-Roland said. “The arts enhance our city and our communities. The foundation is committed to supporting arts education and we are so proud that our organization has given over $250,000 to District 196 schools throughout the years.”

The Apple Valley Arts Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization. Funds donated to District 196 were raised primarily through corporate sponsors and gifts from individuals.

“This donation is possible because our Apple Valley community supports and values the arts,” Busch said. “We have a very generous business community that loyally supports the work of The Apple Valley Arts Foundation. We are thankful for that support, which allows us to bring high-quality arts experiences to our community and support arts education in our schools. Arts education is a vital part of a student’s education. The foundation is proud to support those efforts in any way we can.”


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