By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Settlement Music School received a grant from The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to provide music training to children from low-income families.READ MORE: Philadelphia Parks And Rec Reopens Bathrooms, Other Amenities As Weather Begins To Get Warmer
The $250,000 grant will allow the school to expand its string, winds, jazz and choral ensembles at four community sites in Philadelphia. It will also give 30 students access to year round private instruction. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says the money provides an opportunity to children with a passion for music:
“There are thousands out there who really do have the drive and the talent out there, but not the means to really nurture their talents to their fullest potential.”READ MORE: Eagles' Nick Sirianni Won't Commit To Jalen Hurts As Starting QB: 'We're Going To Have Competition At Every Position'
South Philadelphia native Chubby Checker spoke at the ceremony, recalling his own education at Settlement.
“From 1958 to 2008, the Twist was voted the number one song of all time. And all of this is attached to this school.”
Executive Director Helen Eaton says the renewable grant is one of the largest gift the Settlement School has ever received.MORE NEWS: 2 Dead, 1 Injured Following Shooting Outside Wawa In Upper Macungie Township; Suspect Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound