Landfillharmonic - the movie
The Puyallup School District purchased rights to show the film, Landfillharmonic on Friday evening, October 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Karshner Center's Great Hall.

The film is about a music teacher named Favio Chavez who lived in Cateura, a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill.

FavioFavio (pictured) wanted to give the children of Cateura something special, so he made them instruments out of materials found in the trash. It was a crazy idea, but one that would leave the town forever changed.

Now the Recylced Orchestra plays venues around the world spreading their message of hope and innovation.

student musiciansSeveral families attended and enjoyed the movie. However, the audience was packed with high school Spanish students from Puyallup schools. Students received credit for attending the movie which was primarily presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

The movie was a great way to end the day. Earlier, during the school day, ten classes from Firgrove Elementary attended a special Friday Festival Field Trip designed around the same Landfillharmonic story.

Book-It Repertory Theatre presented their adaptation of Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. 

Presented in both Spanish and English, this play was well-received by students and chaperones. Teachers participated in a literacy workshop and went away with several resources to use as follow-up in their classrooms.

Students also had the chance to get actively engaged with music. Thanks to PSD general music teachers Corky Gustafson and Laurie Haakons, students learned body percussion, created the sounds of a thunderstorm, and used their body to demonstrate rhythym.

Check out the photo gallery below! Smiling engaged students show evidence of a great day at the Karshner Center!