It’s great news for local schools in Pott. Co. as the Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony received a $90,000 Charles E. Lakin grant to increase their educational programs and incorporate them into more rural school districts!
Last year, Crescent Elementary, AHSTW, Riverside, and Underwood Elementary students were among the 2200 kids and teachers that went to Iowa Western to participate in the Mission Imagination event. Kids were encouraged to make their own instruments to play with the Omaha Symphony crew and sing with them, as well. It was anything from using hands to clap or drum on their legs to making bucket drums and horns. By having them join in, they were the center of the orchestra and did hands-on learning. Not only was the event an interactive 2-day event for kids but being able to hear the Omaha Symphony, and play with them, was a cultural experience of a lifetime!
Now, thanks to a Charles E. Lakin grant, the Symphony will be expanding their reach and adding to their programming to make things bigger and better for Pott. Co. kids! Local TS Bank representative, Treynor native, and Guild President Kelsey Stupfell is delighted to be able to offer kids more unique situations to broaden their horizons through music. The goal of the guild is to make connections between orchestra music and real-life experiences.
Be looking for those school permission slips for your kids to get involved!