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Theater benefit to support arts and sciences in Grass Valley schools

Photo courtesy of Ashlyn Thomas.

What: Grass Valley Schools foundation benefit and Legacy Theatre presentation of “I Can Hear Music.”

Where: Off Center Stage at 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley

When: Friday March 31

Cost: $20 can be purchased at the door or at Book Seller, Briar Patch and Harmony Books

Information: http://www.gvschoolsfoundation.org/

The Grass Valley Schools Foundation is collaborating with LeGacy Productions to host a benefit tonight to contribute to the arts and sciences in schools.

LeGacy Productions will dedicate ticket sales for the opening night production of its new, original musical, “I Can Hear Music,” 8 p.m. today at Off Center Stage.

“We’re really careful to make sure we can give them as much money as we can, and 100 percent of the sales goes to the cause,” said LeGacy Productions owner Sue LeGate, who hosted a similar benefit in October with “To Kill a Mockingbird.”



“It was an amazing night because it was just fun to get together and raise money for a cause, when you know every dollar bill is going right back to the kids,” said LeGate, whose daughter, Sarah White, is a Scotten Elementary teacher and a member of the schools foundation.

“At a time when you really just need to take your money and make it count, they are really making it count,” said LeGate.




The foundation is organized by current and retired teachers and parents, who write grants for special classroom funding, as well as raise money for classroom activities and needs throughout Grass Valley schools.

“We try to find niches where teachers need help and funding,” said Scotten Elementary teacher, parent and foundation member Nicole Schug.

“It helps the kids, teachers and parents.”

In the past, the foundation has funded solar cars, camping trips, science camp scholarships, a dance studio at the junior high, plays for different schools and about $1,200 a year for buses.

When the main school focus is typically on regular math and science, funds from the foundation allow for more creative subject matter in the classroom, Schug said.

“This gives teachers an outlet … It’s giving those kids the exposure where I think a lot of kids don’t get it anywhere else,” Schug said.

“It’s important we have it in school to keep our kids well-rounded.”

The foundation also provides funds for the technological advancement of schools, as Lyman Gilmore students are equipped with iPads and iTouches.

“We help with getting apps for them,” Schug said.

“We really just try to fill a need, so we’re pretty loose and open.”

The foundation takes sponsorships from local businesses and individuals and hangs flags in downtown Grass Valley four times a year, said White.

To sponsor a flag, visit the foundation website at http://gvschoolsfoundation.org.

Those who attend Friday’s event can also contribute through a raffle with certificates from local businesses and restaurants, and concessions will be available.

“It’s a good opportunity to support the schools,” White said. “We think it will be a fun night out for people and a fun way to raise money.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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