Since 2006, the Reno Philharmonic’s Celebrate Strings program has been providing free after-school violin instruction at area Title 1 At Risk elementary schools.
Two classes are presented four days per week at no charge to the student or family. During the 2012-2013 school year, 178 students participated in Celebrate Strings. Each eight-week session concludes with a graduation ceremony and recital for parents, teachers and fellow students. This program provides an earlier introduction to strings than would likely be possible for children in this community.
In 2008, the Reno Philharmonic became Partners in Education with Bernice Mathews Elementary School. In 2009, the Reno Phil was awarded Contributor of the Year through the Washoe County School District’s “Team-Up” program for its Celebrate Strings program.
There are currently five former Celebrate Strings students who are now participants in the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras.
What is Title I ?
According to Washoe County District, Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is a set of programs administered by the United States Department of Education to distribute funding to schools and school districts with a high percentage of students from low-income families.