Elmira, N.Y. (WENY) - The Rochester City Ballet performed the Dr.Seuss classic "Green Eggs and Ham" for 350 students enrolled in Head Start at the Economic Opportunity Program.
Head Start provides education and other opportunities to three and four year olds from lower income families. Claude Oliver, Board Member at EOP, says, "This was a very important day for all of the kids of Head Start in our EOP program. Basically it is exposing them to the arts. The art of ballet, as well as the art of exercise."
Throughout the performance, the dancers used American Sign Language so that everyone could enjoy the show.
The performance was put on at the Ernie Davis Community Center, but was presented by the Clemens Center. Karen Cromer, Clemens Center Executive Director, says, "We were fortunate to get funding from the Community Foundation to make this possible and they have this Head Start program at 6 different sites and this was the first time they brought them all in under one roof, so transporting them here today was important so they can see the other kids in the program, and know what a great impact this has in the community."
Rochester City Ballet Artistic Director David Palmer believes exposure for the arts shouldn't be limited to those who are more fortunate than others. He says, "Culture is not selective. Culture should be for everyone and certainly the arts, it brings an enrichment to your life. It brings appreciation to many, many different things and for some it gives them inspiration, incentive, and motivation to be able to move forward in life and create something out of oneself."
The day ended with each kid receiving their very own copy of a Dr.Seuss book.