I was delighted to read The Pantagraph’s May 25 article about the commitment of District 87 to music education. Music education builds skills and understanding; it helps develop good study habits and generally leads young people to be better students. It’s not an extra to be discarded in hard times.

The recent efforts by Barry Reilly (and the District 87 school board) to renovate and upgrade their facilities for band, orchestra and choir at Bloomington High School are an investment in those students’ futures that will pay dividends long into the future.

Marc Miller, Bloomington

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