Learning Station star coming here Friday, Saturday

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By Jesef Williams

Get ready for a day filled with dance and song intended to make learning fun.

Don Monopoli, who leads The Learning Station, a nationally known recording and performing group, is coming to Lancaster on Friday and Saturday for a concert and workshop.

The group performs songs geared toward young children that teach life skills and educational lessons. Monopoli also facilitates trainings and speaks at programs across the nation, spreading his message of creativity and imagination.

The event, held at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bundy Auditorium, starts with a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The concert, free to everyone, is targeted toward families with children 8 or younger.

"It'll be a time for families and educators to come together and show their children that education is important," said Angela Steele, District 3 president of the S.C. Early Childhood Association, one of the event sponsors. "Teachers will be able to implement songs into the classroom to make learning fun for everyone."

At the workshop, Monopoli will talk to local teachers and child care workers about ways to incorporate song and dance into the daily learning process.

Teachers who attend will receive three hours of renewal credit and child-care workers will receive three hours of Department of Social Services training.

Admission to the workshop is $20, and all participants must sign up in advance.

The event is also sponsored by Lancaster County School District and Lancaster County First Steps.

The Learning Station, which was started in 1985, has given more than 4,000 concerts across the nation. Performances have included Walt Disney World, Disneyland, World Cup Soccer and the Special Olympics.

For details about the upcoming event, call Lora Bryson at 286-8000, LaVilla Brevard at 283-3915 or Steele at 416-2404.


Contact Jesef Williams at 283-1152 or jwilliams@thelancasternews.com