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Someone 2 Know: Reno Philharmonic

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In our Someone 2 Know segments, we usually introduce you to a person who is doing something incredible. This week, it's an entire program. 

"She is so excited," said Heather Etchison, a mother of a second grader at Lincoln Park Elementary School. "She loves music. Anything music."

Her daughter, Acacia Cihlar has been waiting for this day all summer. It's the day she gets to get her new, and first, violin. 

"When you watch them open that violin for the first time, it's just this magical experience," said Amy Heald, Education and Community Engagement Director for the Reno Philharmonic.

Cihlar is able to play an instrument thanks to the Reno Philharmonic's Association's Kids program, or RPAK. The program goes into four, Title I schools and exposes them to strings. 
 
"A lot of them don't normally excel in the regular classrooms, so they get the opportunity to be successful in another area," said Tracy Fisher, Principal at Lincoln Park. 

At that school, students in the program practice one hour a day, four days a week at no charge. 
    
"We're able to start kids at a younger age on instruments and give them this opportunity they would normally not have that," said Heald. 

"It is an awesome program. It keeps them busy, and they're doing something they love," said Etchison. 

RPAK, though, faces growing pains. It has become so popular, they are not able to keep up with demand.
 
"The more dollars I have, the more kids I can serve," said Heald. 

She says society as a whole benefits when music education is so accessible. 

"Kids who are in arts classes, theatre classes, music classes come to school more often. And you'll have a larger graduation rate," said Heald. 

Fisher agrees. 

"We definitely had some kids who struggled in behaviors when they first got here, and that was a positive outlet for them," said Fisher. 

Here is a link to the Reno Philharmonic Association, if you want more information on donating. 
 

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