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PNC Grow Up Great $15K Grant

Area preschoolers will soon have more opportunities to experience the arts thanks to a $15,000 grant recently awarded to the Beck Center from the PNC Foundation. The donation, part of PNC's Grow Up Great initiative, is earmarked specifically to fund early childhood programming.

"The Beck Center is well respected for providing quality artistic programming to thousands of local preschool children each year, instilling in them the joy of music, dance, theater and visual arts at an early age," said Paul Clark, PNC regional president for Northern Ohio. "This in turn helps create stronger, smarter and healthier children. Through PNC Grow Up Great, our 10-year, $100-million effort in support of school readiness, we are working with organizations such as Beck to help prepare our local children for success in school and life."

Thanks to the grant, the Beck Center will partner with the West Side Ecumenical Ministry's Head Start program to offer dance, music, theater, and visual arts programs for children ages 3 to 4 years. In all, a total of about 100 children will benefit from the programs, which start in May and run through the school year.

"We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from the PNC Foundation," said Ed Gallagher, Beck's director of education. "The Beck Center isĀ grateful to the PNC Foundation for believing in our programming."

"We will bring all four art forms into the classroom with the goal of expanding the students' experience while also providing in-service training for the teachers," said Gallagher. A cornerstone of the program, he added, will be providing resources - instructional aids, expertise and materials - for the teachers to use after the program has ended.

Learn more about the PNC Grow Up Great program.

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