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May 6: Rainbow Schools host community concert to support Joan Mantle Music Trust

Talented music students from two Rainbow Schools will join together for a special Music Monday Community Concert in support of the Joan Mantle Music Trust. The concert will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School’s main gymnasium.

“This concert is our way to give back and thank the community for supporting the Joan Mantle Music Trust,” says Pamela Potvin, Principal of Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School. “We invite everyone to join us for this wonderful musical celebration.”

The concert will feature a variety of performances from R.L. Beattie Public School under the direction of Colette Nadeau, and Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School under the direction of Marc Taillefer. Both schools received Trust funds to purchase new instruments in the 2018-2019 school year.

There will also be a special performance by the No Strings Attached Community Band.

Admission is by donation. Suggested donation for adults, youth and children is $5, with children under 6 years of age free.

Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School is located at 275 Loach’s Road in Sudbury.

About the Joan Mantle Music Trust

The Joan Mantle Music Trust, which was established in the fall of 2008 to help refresh, modernize and revitalize school music programs in Rainbow District School Board, has raised more than $250,000 since its inception.

The Trust allocates funding for musical instruments and equipment to schools on a rotating basis. The Trust also accepts donations of new and used musical instruments. This ensures that there is an ongoing improvement in the condition of musical equipment throughout the Board, allowing for students to achieve more in their musical studies together.

Joan Mantle dedicated many years to music education in Rainbow Schools. She passed away on June 9, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.

The Rainbow District School Board provides students with opportunities to increase their musical literacy and develop their creative and critical thinking skills by engaging them in activities that lead them to learn in, about and through music. Musical literacy is the ability to read, write, create and perform music, as well as analyze, interpret and appreciate music from a variety of cultures and historical periods.

Learning in, about and through music is part of a well-rounded education that reinforces academic skills and nurtures life skills. Participating in musical activities also improve self-esteem and confidence and promotes teamwork and an overall appreciation of the arts.

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705.674.3171 ext. 7217