Let­ters: It’s im­por­tant to teach chil­dren about arts.

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - Tom Makin Or­lando

I en­joyed the front-page story on Wed­nes­day, “Con­cert se­ries marks mil­lionth pupil mile­stone” by Matthew J. Palm.

I was raised in Or­lando and at­tended Azalea Park Ele­men­tary School in the late 1950s. In those days — third through sixth grade for me — we had “field trips.” We’d visit Tup­per­ware, Ga­tor­land and the old Or­lando Mu­nic­i­pal Au­di­to­rium (to­day known as the Bob Carr The­ater) where we got our first op­por­tu­nity to see and hear a con­cert orches­tra.

I had two class­mates who were into bal­let and they and their moms took me to at least one bal­let per­for­mance at the au­di­to­rium just so I could hear the orches­tra again.

Those con­certs were the high­light of my school year, and I'm glad to see that the tra­di­tion con­tin­ues.

JA­COB LANGSTON/OR­LANDO SENTNEL

Schoolchil­dren from through­out Or­ange County cheer the Or­lando Phil­har­monic and bal­let at the The Bob Carr The­ater on Tues­day.

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