[Please "top and tail" this letter with your own greeting to the intended recipient and anything else you care to add. Better still, incorporate some or all of the arguments below into a letter of your own construction.]
I know you and your colleagues are facing a difficult series of financial decisions regarding the budget for our school district.
When making these decisions, I urge you to bear in mind the importance parents at (insert name of school) place on our music program. We see music as part of a well-rounded education; we want our kids to benefit from the self esteem, sense of discipline and teamwork (as well as the fun) that being part of a music program provides.
Please do not short-change our kids while you seek to balance the books. Economies must be found in areas that do not require our children to sacrifice the quality of their education.
Use the address below to send a letter to the Minister of Education.
HONORABLE MARGARET MACDIARMID
PO BOX 9045 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9E2