PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester is auctioning off its Presidential Box seats to help send local teachers for curriculum training at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Proceeds from the auctions will support the Capitol Community program that the Theatre runs with the non-profit HeadCount . The program will award scholarships to teachers from Westchester and Fairfield counties to attend the Rock Hall's Summer Teacher Institute in July. The scholarships will cover tuition, as well as some costs for travel and lodging. Additional funds will be given to charities selected by artists appearing at the Theatre.
"Each Presidential Box auction is a chance for an individual to directly support education in the area," said Andy Bernstein, executive director of HeadCount. "And by bringing rock history into classrooms, we’ll be opening kids’ minds in a whole new way.”
The Summer Teacher Institute lasts from July 8 to 12 and helps teachers learn how to use rock and roll to teach in multiple disciplines. Educators will develop tools on how to connect music to their subjects and how to reach students through topics such as the history of rock and roll and the science of sound.
"It's one of our longest-running programs," said Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "It provides teachers with essential resources in a dynamic learning environment. This fantastic community initiative by the Capitol Theatre, which has such a storied place in rock history, allows us to extend our mission of educating students and teachers."
Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shapiro said the program is a great way to combine music with education.
"Since my career in live music began at Wetlands, a venue that placed the combination of social awareness and the live music experience at the heart of its mission, it's been really important to me to continue that tradition," he said. "This partnership with HeadCount and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a great continuation of what Wetlands was all about: combining the fun of live music with doing something that will have a positive and lasting impact long after the show is over."
More information on the scholarships and how to bid in auctions can be found at the Capitol Community website . Upcoming shows at the Capitol Theatre include Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra, the Fab Faux, Iron and Wine and Billy Idol.