Kids’ Orchestra 2018 Winter Neighborhood Concert Series – Congratulate Our Students’ Hard Work

  Baton Rouge, LA (November 7, 2018) – Kids’ Orchestra is proud to present our Winter 2018 Neighborhood Concert Series. Join us for an evening of music and fun performed by our talented youths from 27 East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Our neighborhood concerts allow students to showcase their skills and celebrate the culmination of their hard work throughout the semester. “Practicing instruments has become a family event. My oldest is in middle school, he played cello in Kids’ Orchestra when he was in elementary. My 5th grader has been in Kids’ Orchestra for 3 years and plays cello as well. My husband played the violin in middle school and helps them with tuning and fingering. The whole family takes turns practicing and criticizing,” said Christina Davis, student mother. All performances begin at 5:30 pm and are FREE and open to the public. December 3 – Mayfair Laboratory School December 4 – Westdale Heights Academic Magnet December

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Local Nonprofit Kids’ Orchestra Recognized at House of Representatives

Baton Rouge, LA (October 31, 2018) – On September 27, 2018, Congressman Ralph Abraham recognized Kids’ Orchestra during the House of Representatives Morning Hour. Congressman Abraham spoke about the positive impact that Kids’ Orchestra has had on the children of East Baton Rouge Parish and his hope for continued growth. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the nonprofit organization Kids’ Orchestra, or the positive impact it has on the children it has on East Baton Rouge Parish. It [Kids’ Orchestra] is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is one of the largest after-school programs for elementary schools in the entire United States. The program began in 2011 with 30 students from a few local schools. Now, 800 students from 21 schools participate each year learning a musical instrument, performing in an ensemble and/or singing in the choir. It [Kids’ Orchestra] uses music to teach valuable lessons both in and

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From Parent to Admin – An Interview with Erica LeJeune

There are so many ways to help support Kids’ Orchestra – through being a teacher or site staff member, time as a volunteer, or monetary donations. Today, we follow the path of support of one of our new Administrative Team members: Erica LeJeune.  Erica LeJeune started out as a parent of a Kids’ Orchestra student in 2013. After 3 years, she decided to become a Site Coordinator to support her children and the program. “As a parent, I would stay in the waiting area for my children. I was able to witness all the work, love and care the coordinators and teachers put into their jobs and the children. I wanted my children to be a part of that atmosphere and so did I.” This fall, Erica was promoted to the position of Program Manager in the Kids’ Orchestra administrative office. “It seems so ironic that I was googling six

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Kids’ Orchestra to Rally for Afterschool Programs – Lights On Afterschool: Open House to Feature Student Performances, Games, and STEM

October 19, 2018 – On Thursday, October 25, Kids’ Orchestra’s Greenbrier Elementary School 21st Century Community Learning Center Teaching Site will join the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide series of rallies for afterschool organized by the Afterschool Alliance. The Lights On Afterschool Open House will feature student performances, teacher and staff meet-and-greets, tours of our afterschool music training and academic enrichment program, carnival games, and STEM-focused activities. Hundreds of parents, educators, and community members are expected to attend. What: Kids’ Orchestra Lights On Afterschool: Open House When: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 2018 Where: Greenbrier Elementary School, 12203 Canterbury Dr, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70814 Last year, 1 million people participated in more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events; the Afterschool Alliance expects the same level of participation this year. The events give youth a chance to showcase the skills and talents they learn and develop at

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Professional Development Workshop Fall 2018

August 25, 2018 – Kids’ Orchestra faculty and staff participated in a 6-hour Professional Development Workshop given by Dr. Gale Gorke. The day’s session focused on building relationships with students and the role of mentorship in Kids’ Orchestra. Throughout the day, faculty and staff participated in hands-on activities, team building exercises, and content that will help them develop and build strong relationships with their students. Dr. Gale Gorke is a dynamic speaker, trainer, and author with nearly 30 years of experience as an educator in the public school system. A sought-after consultant, Dr. Gorke has helped to author California state guidelines for inclusion and physical activity in afterschool programming throughout the state. An expert in kinesthetic learning through team building and psychomotor activities, she has created programs for nationally recognized youth organizations. Her teaching style effectively models a keen awareness of adolescent development and brain-based learning principles, accommodating all students’

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Kids’ Orchestra Expands to Baker – One Step Closer to Enriching All Children of Louisiana

Baker, LA (August 3, 2018) – Starting this fall, Kids’ Orchestra is expanding into Baker, launching a new site at Park Ridge Academic Magnet School (PRAMS). At Kids’ Orchestra, every school partner has different needs, we strive to create programming that can be tailored to fit every school’s needs while maintaining the high quality of musical training and enrichment that Kids’ Orchestra is known for.  PRAMS will be a part of Kids’ Orchestra’s traditional program model. Kids’ Orchestra will offer two foundations classes for K-1 students. The foundations classes emphasize creativity and play through general music concepts. Students engage through singing, dancing, storytelling, age-appropriate instruments, musical activities, and games. Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students will receive a healthy snack, mentoring and homework help prior to an hour of group music lessons. Kids’ Orchestra students perform in at least two informal concerts/year and are

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Kids’ Orchestra to Receive $48,000 Grant from the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church

Baton Rouge, LA (July 11, 2018) — The United Thank Offering (UTO) of the Episcopal Church awarded 34 grants nationwide for a total of $1,257,778.17 for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Included in this announcement is a grant to an East Baton Rouge nonprofit organization, Kids’ Orchestra, through the Diocese of Louisiana for the program “Healing the Next Generation: Relationships, Resiliency, and Social/Emotional Learning”.   The UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. UTO grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in the Episcopal Church. Kids’ Orchestra underwent two rounds of grant application review to receive this grant, first on a State, then National level. They are one of 34 projects to receive this year’s UTO grants and the only organization to receive it in Louisiana.   “Kids’

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Kids’ Orchestra/Kids’ Choir 2018-2019 Application Period Open!

Baton Rouge (July 1, 2018) – Open to ALL K-5th grade students in East Baton Rouge Parish and the surrounding area. Kids’ Orchestra is a nonprofit, after-school music program that provides nearly 800 students the opportunity to study an array of orchestral instruments, perform in an ensemble, and/or sing in a choir. Students not attending a partner school must provide their own transportation to the site school closest to them. Submit your application as early as possible. Returning students receive priority throughout July. All new students are then accepted through a lottery drawing beginning August 1. Apply TODAY at kidsorchestra.org SITE SCHOOLS Claiborne Elementary First United Methodist Church (Kids’ Choir) Greenbrier Elementary LaSalle Elementary Mayfair Laboratory School McKinley Middle Magnet (Honors Program) Ryan Elementary St. James Episcopal Day School The Dufrocq School Westdale Heights Academic Magnet FEEDER SCHOOLS Audubon Elementary Bernard Terrace Elementary BR FLAIM Brownfields Elementary Buchanan Elementary Capitol Elementary

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Kids’ Orchestra to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Baton Rouge, LA (May 17, 2018) — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant to Kids’ Orchestra to offer afterschool music enrichment programs to 21 students. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. “The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Kids’ Orchestra in Baton Rouge, LA, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the

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Kids’ Orchestra 2018 Spring Neighborhood Concert Series – Celebrate Our Students’ Semester of Hard Work

Baton Rouge, LA (April 23, 2018) – Kids’ Orchestra is proud to present our Spring 2018 Neighborhood Concert Series. Join us for an evening of great music performed by our orchestra of talented youths from 24 East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Our neighborhood concerts allow students to showcase their skills and celebrate the culmination of their hard work throughout the semester. “My two girls performed at a recent neighborhood concert. Their grades are soaring and they love to practice every chance they get. My oldest had a solo that day. She still talks about it. Little Sis loves just being onstage. They are not shy anymore! We love Kids’ Orchestra,” said Erica Bonton, students’ mother. All performances begin at 5:30 pm and are free and open to the public. May 8 Dufrocq Elementary May 9 LaSalle Elementary May 10 Ryan Elementary May 12 McKinley Middle Magnet School (Honors)* May 14 Independence Park Theatre (Kids’ Choir)** May

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