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Ballet for Great Minds

More than a thousand children will get to see a holiday classic, The Nutcracker, for the first time on Friday. At the Adler Theater, Ballet Quad Cities will perform for 3rd grade students in The Great Minds Program, sponsored by the Davenport Schools Foundation.

Director Jennifer Weyeneth says the ten year old program provides special activities and field trips for children in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Great Minds sends kindergartners to the Niabi Zoo, and sponsors a special reading program for lst graders that involves police officers, soldiers, actors, and government and business employees.

Second graders learn science by working at Vander Veer Park.

Teachers have prepared the children for The Nutcracker, hosting classroom visits by dancers from Ballet Qud Cities to talk about ballet and the music. 

Weyeneth says Great Minds is now looking at possible programs for high school age students in the Davenport schools. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.