A longtime Tuckahoe educator is having her memory honored with a scholarship funded through music legend Michael Bolton.
The Michael Bolton Charities announced the establishment of the Andie Koplik Residency in Music Therapy as a tribute to the life of the veteran teacher who educated students in the same classroom at Cottle Elementary for 32 years before her death in September.
According to the organization, The Michael Bolton Charities supports the "Beyond Trauma: Youth Music Therapy" program at the New Horizons School in New Haven, a breakthrough music therapy program for high school age youth who have experienced significant trauma, which was launched in 2015.
“Andie was a very special person, with a tireless devotion to young people. She encouraged children to excel, to explore, and to engage with the world around them, providing a great start to their education and having a lasting impact on their lives,” Michael Bolton stated. “It was a privilege to know her, and see her endless enthusiasm for education first-hand.
"Andie’s passion for teaching was only surpassed by her devotion to her family and friends. She believed in providing a strong foundation at home and in schools. She loved and lived so fully, and was a beacon of light to all who knew her."
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