Oct. 18, 2018 -- Noble Elementary School recognized Moe's Southwest Grill for their work with Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that has donated instruments, professional development and popular music-focused curricular resources to the school's music department.
Daniel Hershman-Rossi, Noble's music teacher, said he connected with when he taught music in Chicago in 2014. The organization had been wanting to expand into other states and regions, and they began developing a relationship with Moe's in order to make it happen.
"When I started teaching at Noble last year, Little Kids Rock reached out to me to help with the partnership with , as I had already completed the training and was familiar with the process. Moe’s was a natural partner as they are a community business that many of our families are familiar with," said Hershman-Rossi.
Last year, Little Kids Rock donated 15 ukuleles, some acoustic guitars, one electric bass and one electric guitar. The ukuleles rounded out a set of 15 that Noble's former music teacher Jenna Tucker, who is now at Roxboro Elementary, had procured through a grant. Fourth and fifth graders are currently using the ukuleles to explore folk songs and popular music.
"In the future, I hope to develop our Modern Band program more by acquiring a drum set and starting an after school rock band," said Hershman-Rossi.
On October 10, Moe's catered lunch for the fifth graders at Noble, and Mr. Hershman-Rossi presented the franchise owners with an award.
Moe's is located at 1916 Warrensville Center Road in South Euclid.