Pulse: Kids prove summer no time to slack

Music to their ears

Naperville Central performs before CSO

Talk about an opening act.

Before members of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra took the stage last Saturday at The Morton Arboretum, musicians from Naperville Central High School wowed attendees during a pre-concert performance.

Central’s woodwind quintet, which includes Kayla Bull, Ivy Lei, Cynsy Plant, Marina Adamany and Emma Slas, performed along with several high school chamber music ensembles in this special performance.

“As a high school band director, it is beyond an honor that they reached out (to us),” said D.J. Alstadt, of Naperville Central. “Without reservation, our students jumped at the opportunity for this distinct opportunity and honor.”

This is the second year the orchestra has teamed with The Morton Arboretum. Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians also have been performing at more DuPage County venues, as well as working with schools in the area.

“It is truly wonderful that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Morton Arboretum have teamed together again to bring world-class talent to the western suburban area,” Alstadt said. “My hope is that a young person will be inspired to learn an instrument and (that) all will continue to support music in our schools and (support) a world-class orchestra in our ‘backyard.’”

Summer slide?

Not for North grad going to science camp

School might be out for summer, but that won’t stop Kimberly Dauber from a whole lot of learning.

The 2014 Naperville North High School graduate was selected as the Illinois delegate for the National Youth Science Camp from June 27 to July 20 in West Virginia.

“Being selected as an Illinois delegate is an honor for me,” said Dauber, 18. “I am grateful for this opportunity to represent our great state to our present and future scientific leaders.

Dauber joins 100 other top science students from across the nation and around the world for this acclaimed honors science leadership program. For the next month, the delegates will be immersed in science lectures and hands-on directed studies led by some of the top scientists and professors from around the world. They also will have the opportunity to embark on many outdoor adventures, including climbing, camping, caving and mountain biking.

“So far, meeting everyone has been absolutely fantastic,” she said.

Dauber plans to study computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall. After this camp, she’ll have plenty of summer adventures to share with fellow classmates.

Music to their ears

Kids Crew helps kids volunteer early and often

Kids and crayons proved to be a winning combination last month thanks to one local nonprofit organization.

I Support Community’s Kids Crew — a simple way for youngsters to be philanthropists — collected more than 53 pounds of crayons for SCARCE, helping others and the environment as well.

“Kids Crew is a fun way for children to gain education and exposure to local charities, while giving back,” said Marion Ruthig, I Support Community founder. “Parents attend with their children, so the conversation can continue at home.”

Ruthig said I Support Community takes care of all of the planning, which makes it easy for families to get kids involved at an early age.

“Many studies show that learning to care about others, developing helping behaviors and volunteering encourage empathy and a sense of responsibility for others,” she said.

The Kids Crew meets the second Saturday of the month, with the next event coming up July 12. To learn more, visit www.isupportcommunity.org and click on The Crew. To learn more about SCARCE, visit www.scarceecoed.org.

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