OrKIDStra Presents "Pete the Cat’s Train Trip" to Head Start
In May 2018, the Greensboro Symphony Percussion Ensemble performed alongside acclaimed storyteller Lorenzo “Logie” Meachum as he read Pete the Cat’s Train Trip to over 600 four-year-old Head Start/NC Pre-K students from Guilford Child Development at the UNC Greensboro Recital Hall. This is the 7th year of the program. The OrKIDStra program focuses on combining music and literacy to enhance learning for low-income students at Guilford Child Development. This interactive storytelling event included sing-a-longs accompanied by the Greensboro Symphony Percussion Ensemble as well as dancing, clapping, and Logie playing peek-a-boo with the audience.
GCD’s partnership with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO) goes beyond the OrKIDStra event. During the 2017-2018 school year, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra has piloted a program to help children develop music skills. GSO musicians visited students at the Elm Street Center twice a week to play instruments and sing with the children.
This is part of a larger effort at Guilford Child Development to expose low-income children to the arts. As part of a separate STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) grant funded by PNC Bank, GCD also partners with the Greensboro Science Center and Stagelights theater group to enhance the existing Head Start curriculum in STEAM subjects. All of these efforts help children build deductive reasoning skills, social emotional skills, literacy skills, and more.
OrKIDStra is funded by: KPMG, Lincoln Financial, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, and Wells Fargo.