Education is about more than what students do in a classroom with pencils and books. It’s also about the diverse experiences that foster the curiosity and creativity that help make learning possible. To that end, several community organizations are helping to expand students’ horizons, whether through music, dance, art or food:
When was the last time you punched up some classical music on your satellite radio while taking the little ones to school? Yeah, us, too. Thanks to the Las Vegas Philharmonic Youth Concert Series, you don’t have to feel guilty about not teaching your kids about the genius of Bach and Beethoven. The program introduces fourth- and fifth-graders to orchestral music and instills the importance of the musical arts. LVPhil.org.
Speaking of musical arts, thanks to budget cuts, students these days are rarely required to take music classes once they hit middle school. That’s where the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation comes in handy. It turns House of Blues venues into classrooms, where students from grades 5-12 are immersed in American culture through some good ol’ rhythm and blues music. hobmusicforward.org.
Chefs for Kids visits schools to encourage students to eat right. A crew of local chefs takes over the cafeteria kitchen and makes a nutritious breakfast for kids, while explaining why some food choices are better than others. Servicemen and women from Nellis Air Force Base often accompany the chefs, reminding kids that being active is just as important as eating right. ChefsForKids.org.
Along with providing special matinee performances for Clark County School District students, the Nevada Ballet Theatre offers free, in-school dance instruction, where participants are taught the ones and twos of first and second position. NevadaBallet.org.