Wakefield Schools Foundation Programs
Given this opportunity, prospective rising 6th graders attending Wakefield Middle School in the fall of 2022-23 can begin developing some of the fundamental skills on their instrument prior to the start of the school year. The hope is this can function to alleviate some of the pressures with starting musicians at the middle school level. This day camp will allow the middle school director as well as the WHS Band Program as well as other musical professionals to spend time refining skills with students in the hope that students progress at a more rapid pace. We hope this camp excites and educates young potential musicians as they get ready to enter the middle school music program!
Every 4th and 5th grade student at Wakefield Elementary School will be given a recorder. This instrument becomes the vehicle through which students develop foundational music skills that translate directly to other settings. The elementary students will work on music during music class as well as with WHS band/orchestra students that correlates with predetermined music to be played by the high school band. The goal is for the work to culminate in a performance opportunity for the WES students with the WHS concert band. This will provide a chance not only for these young students to perform, expressing their creativity, but also build a lasting relationship with the instrumental performing arts programs at the high school level.
The Wakefield Middle School 8th grade band and orchestra students will be given music that correlates with the Wakefield High School band and orchestra. They will work with the WHS band director and high school students to rehearse which will also provide opportunities for rising 9th graders to develop relationships with the high school band students and director as well as spend time on the campus prior to the start of their high school year. Additionally this collaboration provides the high school students with mentorship opportunities and experience. You won't want to miss this spectacular showcase!
There is a growing need to provide instruments for students who otherwise have no means of obtaining one on their own. Our desire is to work with a local instrument vendor to purchase wind/orchestra instruments that can be used at the middle and high school levels as rentals for those students. This would work towards fulfilling our goal of not allowing money to be the reason any student is unable to have an instrumental music education experience.
Meet The Board
John Kinneer- President
John is a Triangle Area Senior Business Development Officer with Fidelity Bank, headquartered in NC. John is a high performing business banker that creates lasting relationships for small to medium sized businesses and their owners through a variety of simple to complex financial products and services including: financing solutions (commercial real estate, equipment, working capital) and deposit account solutions (operating accounts with Treasury Services). John resides in Raleigh with his wife Whitney, son Holden and two Golden Retrievers: Annie and Brigs. He is a parishioner at St. Catherine of Sienna in Wake Forest. In his spare time, he enjoys boating on Falls Lake and riding his motorcycle.
Candice Taylor Arrick, DDS
Darryl and his family moved to North Raleigh 22 years ago, and it's here that they put down their roots. Their children attended local schools for their primary education and thrived in the UNC system for their secondary education. Darryl and his wife were very involved with the schools during the time their daughters were in the Wake County Public School System and worked to improve the learning experience for every child through academics and extracurricular activities in the schools. Even though their children are no longer a part of the WCPSS, they understand and support improving the quality of our schools and the learning experience for all children. As a business owner in the Wakefield community, Darryl believes that our schools are the heart of a strong and vibrant community, and is committed to the success of the Wakefield Foundation. He also commits his time to community projects through the Wakefield Business Alliance at Wakefield High School and the local Rotary club.
Mary Ann Ottaviano
Mary Ann Ottaviano, a 13 year resident of Wakefield Plantation where she resides with her husband Ralph, son Christopher and mother Madeline. She works every day trying to improve the lives of many in the Triangle in her fundraising role at United Way of the Greater Triangle. As Secretary of the Board, Mary Ann assists in providing support to our fundraising and marketing efforts. A 2021 Wakefield High School graduate, Mary Ann's son Christopher is off to college not without the education and support of the high school faculty and staff. As a close-knit community, Wakefield provides a strong foundation for our children to thrive.
Michelle and her husband have lived in the Wakefield area for 16 years. They have three children, two of which have attended the Wakefield schools since kindergarten and one who looks forward to starting kindergarten as a Wakefield Eagle in a few years! Michelle has been active in the school community serving in various positions on the PTA boards as well as serving on the WCPSS Board Advisory Committee. She is committed and passionate about community and neighborhood involvement in our public school system and looks forward to the opportunities that a wonderful community like Wakefield, partnered with a foundation committed to academic excellence, can bring to the Wakefield schools. In her spare time Michelle and her family enjoy spending time at lake Gaston where Michelle also works as a real estate broker.