In Memory of Clients’ Family Member, Decof, Decof & Barry Firm Establishes Scholarship Fund to Help Cranston Students Participate in Music Program

BASICS music program
4th grader Rowan Hanley, a second year student in the BASICS music program, enjoys playing the guitar.

Cranston, RI – May 22,2014 – The law firm of Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C. regularly supports educational and charitable initiatives of importance to its attorneys, as a way of giving back to the community. This year, the firm has pledged to contribute $1,250 annually to establish the Andy J. Santagata Memorial Scholarship, as part of the Cranston parent-advocacy group, BASICS (Benefiting All Students in Cranston Schools), elementary music education program.

“Andy Santagata was a musician himself, and his surviving family members are dear clients of mine,” said Patrick Barry, co-managing attorney of Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C. “On behalf of the firm, we are grateful to be able to help area students experience the enjoyment of music instruction. Our firm takes great pride in supporting this important program, in memory of Andy.”

Spearheaded exclusively by volunteer parents, the BASICS initiative provides affordable music education for approximately 150 elementary school students in Cranston per year. In its fourth year, more than 600 kids have participated in the program to date.

“The elimination of the school district’s elementary school music program in 2010 was a devastating loss to our students,” said Kerri Kelleher, BASICS President and Co-Founder. “Decof, Decof & Barry’s kindhearted support for BASICS will allow five needy students to participate in the music program each year, and we are extremely thankful for the firm’s generosity towards this worthwhile cause.”


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