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Michael Jackson's Alma Mater Names New Lab After King of Pop

The lab itself will encompass pictures of Jackson and a signed chalkboard.



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    Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood will unveil its new Michael Jackson Music Education Lab on Monday.

    The launch of the newly named lab will also feature the new MusIQ program, incorporating Adventus Software for the students of Gardner Street Elementary. The enhanced program will teach students fundamentals of music education, such as elements focusing on composition, arrangement and the ability to read music.

    "This is only the second school in California to have this program; it's the first one in the LA Unified District," said Lesley Holmes, the founder and chairwoman for the Friends of Gardnerville, the non-profit organization that supports the elementary school and children by creating funding opportunities for educational programs.

    The lab will have pictures of Jackson and a signed chalkboard.

    "This was a room that Michael Jackson used when he attended the school in the sixth grade. His presence was made in musical contributions," said Holmes.

    The lab was built with donations from various sponsors and The Friends of Gardnerville hope to fully fund the program on their own next year, said Holmes.

    This is the second time Jackson has been recognized at the elementary school. The sign on the auditorium, also named after the late superstar, was concealed in the wake of molestation charges against the pop singer. The sign was restored a year after the death of Jackson in June of 2009. 

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