In May of 2011, JAMM received $24,000 from the Alaska School Boards' Initiative for Community Engagement (Alaska ICE) to support and expand its violin program for the 2011-2012 school year. All 120 kindergartners and first graders will receive 90 minutes of violin instruction each week as part of their school day.
Alaska ICE is an initiative funded by the US Dept. of Education to provide Alaskans with information, tools and assistance to work together and engage in the shared responsibility of preparing Alaska's children. AASB supports the work of JAMM because it addresses the association's goals, all of which are aimed at increasing students success:
- Investing in early learning and school readiness skill,
- Developing social-emotional learning,
- Improving school climate and student and family connections to school,
- Engaging communities and parents, and
- Providing access to quality programs for all children