LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Area schools are getting a little extra help to go on field trips to see performances at Viterbo University.
The school, with financial assistance from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota, Macy's, Target and Friends of Lindy Shannon, has awarded more than $11,000 to area schools to help offset the cost of travel.
The program, Arts for All, allows teachers to apply for funding based on the number of students at their school qualifying for free and reduced lunch.
"We found that sometimes even $5 or $6 is too much for some families, especially when they still have to send money for the bus for the students to get here," said Michael Ranscht, Director of the Fine Arts Center. "It is Viterbo's goal to make sure that every child has the opportunity to experience the arts, regardless of their economic background," continued Ranscht.
Arts for All funding will affect more than 3,400 area students this year in grades K-12.
Performances in this year's series include historical shows such as The Civil War and The Jamestown Story, musical groups such as STOMP, and popular children's literature adapted into plays, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Skippyjon Jones.
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