The Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts began a new program last year which specifically targeted Title I schools in our area.  Many of the students in these schools come from low-income families who simply cannot afford to purchase tickets to a play.  The Riverside Foundation, in conjunction with the Rappahannock Rotary Club, proudly sponsored two classes from Berkeley Elementary School in Spotsylvania to attend the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts Children’s Production of Narnia.  We would love to expand this program to invite more local students from Title I schools to come experience the joy of live theater.  According to a 2014 study conducted by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance, and empathy among students.