Adopt-A-Class Program Is Accepting Donations For Its 14th Year Bringing The Arts To School Children

For the 14th year, businesses and individuals can enrich schoolchildren’s educational experiences by adopting a local class to see an exciting Field Trip Series performance through the Adopt-A-Class program at CSU, Chico. Every child in the area deserves an opportunity to enjoy the thrill and excitement of a live performance.

Linking businesses, individuals, classrooms, children and the arts is the main goal of the Adopt-A-Class program. This community-oriented program allows classes from different elementary schools to attend Field Trip performances at no cost to students, teachers or the district.

Chico Performances started the Adopt-A-Class program with a grant from the City of Chico and its Arts Commission in 1997. Last year, more than 81 classrooms participated in the Adopt-A-Class project, with 22 businesses and individuals adopting classrooms.

Every business and individual that “adopts” a classroom’s attendance to a Field Trip gets stage recognition at the Field Trip they sponsored, as well as an invitation to attend the Field Trip with their adopted class. For a donation of $200 to most Field Trips, or $275 to the Peking Acrobats Field Trip, one class may attend one Field Trip. For a donation of $1,600, one class may attend eight Field Trips, or eight classes may attend one Field Trip.

There are 20 Field Trip performances scheduled for the 2011-2012 season. The program is now accepting donations from businesses and individuals to “adopt” classes to attend one or more of these live Field Trip performances.

Chico Performances encourages teachers to recruit local businesses to sponsor their classroom’s Field Trip visits.

“It can be a student whose parents own a business, or whose grandparents want to donate to the class,” said Daran Goodsell, marketing coordinator for Chico Performances. “We leave it up to the business and the classroom, so if there’s a business out there that wants to sponsor – just contact us or the classroom you want to sponsor. We also encourage the teachers to recruit adopters – it all helps!”

For more information on Field Trip performances, or on the Adopt-A-Class program please visit

To Adopt-A-Class, call Chico Performances at (530) 898-6785, visit and select “for the kids” to download an application, or pick up an application at the University Box Office located on the corner of 2nd St. and Normal Ave.

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