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February 16, 2013

"Thank you so much for helping us pay for our bus to see the 'Mariachi Mania' concert at Balboa Theater.  Transportation is always an obstacle when planning a field trip.  As a title one school we do not have funds for transportation costs.  We often must pass the cost to the parents of our students.  It was a relief to only worry about paying one of the buses.

On January 23, the transitional kinder and kinder students boarded the bus towards Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego.  The children were very excited because for many of them it was the first time on a school bus.  It was also our first field trip.

The concert provided an opportunity for the students to participate.  The children sang some of the songs with the mariachi.  The children in my class were also impressed with the Ballet Folklorico.  The children loved the costumes and dances.  We all enjoyed hearing the different instruments.  Our favorite instruments were the trumpet and violin.

The impact that the arts have on the students is great.  The children were inspired to write about their experience and what their favorite part was.  Kinder children love music and they enjoyed singing with the mariachi.  I also know that some of them want to learn to play an instrument in the future.

Below you will find some thank you notes from the children.  Again thank you so much for helping us with our field trip.  You have made a big difference in the lives of our children.

Sincerely,

Irene Pulido
Loma Verde
Kinder Teacher

A few of the Thank You letters we received from the students.