CAMBA All-Stars Find Harmony in Canarsie
Students at P.S. 114 lifted hearts, and violin bows, during their January performance through the Harmony Program.
In late January, the CAMBA All-Stars at P.S. 114 Elementary School in Brooklyn delighted teachers and parents with a concert made possible through the Harmony Program and the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program (CCLC). The students stood poised with their violins alongside their instructor Nicolas and performed the music they had spent the past few months learning, all to resounding applause from their audience.

21st CCLC is a unique federal funding source dedicated to supporting afterschool and summer learning programs through the US Department of Education. Each year, this funding supports the enhancement and expansion of year-round slots at P.S. 3, P.S. 114, P.S. 139 and P.S. 361, along with a summer camp at P.S. 361.

Unfortunately, funding for 21st CCLC has not been allocated in the federal budget, which would mean no afterschool enrichment programs for these children -- programs that allow them to discover and develop their own talents and confidence. Please take a moment to visit the Afterschool Alliance and let your representatives know that funding like this is important to you.
The Harmony Program is a nonprofit intensive afterschool music program in New York City that gives children with limited access a free musical education. The CAMBA All-Stars are among the 400 annual students receiving musical instruments and instruction in how to use them, as well as how to read, perform and play music in ensembles. As you can see from these pictures, these young performers truly were All-Stars.

According to Crystal Bellinger, Program Manager for Education and Youth Development, "The students felt nervous about having to play in front of a larger crowd, but they were excited that everyone came to see their performance. We are incredibly proud!"
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