Starr Dons Bus Driver Cap For Imagination Stage Fundraiser

MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr,photo via Imagination StageBethesda’s Imagination Stage and Montgomery County Public Schools are working to bring 3,300 third graders to a performance at the theater, a task that involves raising $150,000 for transportation costs.

So on Saturday, during Imagination Stage’s 2013 Gala, MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr was featured in a video driving a bus full of third graders to Bethesda before speaking to attendees in a bus driver hat.

“I value the arts and the way they complement academic learning in the schools. One of the pillars of our new strategic planning framework is social-emotional learning,” Starr said. “The arts provide a great way for children to build these essential life skills.”

The initiative would bring third graders from 27 Title I schools, schools that serve low-income communities, to a performance of “Cinderella: the Remix.” The program, which the theater and school system hope to start next year, would also include a pre-field trip video study guide and a workshop after the trip.

A live auction at the gala raised $120,000 for the first phase of the program.

Imagination Stage also put the fundraising effort on, a Kickstarter-like fundraising site launched in June by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Five dollars will fund the bus cost for one student.

Photo via Imagination Stage

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