The “Reach for the Stars” project – Through this project, all fourth grade students from the Rockford Public Schools will attend a special performance of Currents by Mayumana, March 22, 2019 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center at no cost to the student.

After the re-opening of the meticulously restored and modernized Coronado Theatre in 2000, the Friends of the Coronado (FOC) established the “Reach for the Stars” project. FOC promised to the 5,500 donors that the Coronado Theatre would always be there for the children. An endowment fund was established to assist in the funding so all 4th graders in the Rockford Public Schools #205 would have THEIR day at the Coronado. 16 years later, over 30,000 children have participated.

In order to assure that all children could come regardless of ability to pay for busing, we also pay for the buses to bring the children, in addition to the cost of presenting this special program. By doing so we would assure a high quality, professional (“world-class”) performance for the children unlike anything they have experienced previously. It is the consistency, depth and predictability of this school-children’s project that sets it apart from most. First, second and third grade students anticipate their fourth-grade day at the Coronado. 100% of the children in the Rockford Public Schools are impacted by this project.

FOC children’s endowment for the Reach for the Stars contributes to a significant portion of the cost of this project each year, however additional funding is needed. Please consider a gift to the Friends of the Coronado.

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