Sterling, VA (September 18, 2015) – The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation donated $50,000 to help the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) fine arts programs on Monday, September 14th, at the LCPS Administrative Offices in Ashburn.
The grant will support the fine arts (music, art, drama) program at the newly opened Riverside High School and the 87 other schools in Loudoun County. Riverside will receive $10,000 of the grant to supplement efforts by its booster organization to provide amenities for its programs with the remaining $40,000 being used to support the arts at all grade levels.
The donation was presented by Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Deputy Executive Director of Operations Randolph Sutliff and K. Lynn Tadlock, deputy executive director of giving, and accepted by LCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams, Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (Ashburn District), Loudoun Education Foundation Executive Director Dawn Meyer, LCPS Music Supervisor Michael Pierson, LCPS Art Supervisor Melissa Pagano-Kumpf and LCPS Music Specialist Elaine Stanford.
Kristie McDonald, president of the Riverside Fine Arts Boosters, and Janice Palumbo, vice president/drama, represented the Riverside arts community.
“We believe in the children of Loudoun County and will help meet their educational needs in any way that we can,” said Tadlock. “The arts educate youth in a different way than typical classroom education. It allows them to apply skills from many different areas.”
With this donation, the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation’s commitment to Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has surpassed $3.59 million.
Founded in 1987, the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities, including higher education, for young people in the Commonwealth of Virginia and elsewhere.
Dr. Claude Moore was a pioneer radiologist and the first chairman of George Washington University’s Radiology Department. Born in Danville on October 21, 1892, Moore was a World War I veteran who came to Loudoun County in 1941. He bought a 357-acre tract in Sterling that now serves as Claude Moore Park. After retiring from the practice of medicine in the late 1950’s, Moore devoted himself to investments and farming. He died at the age of 98 on July 11, 1991, in Charlottesville.
Moorefield Station Elementary, which opened in September 2013, is named in his honor.