Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., schools have joined forces with the Arts & Science Council to reinstate arts field trips -- which were sacrificed amid budget cuts three years ago. Now, 51,000 students will participate in the field trips, with more than 11,000 fifth-graders recently attending an event featuring the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina and North Carolina Dance Theatre. To give the field trips additional impact, teachers are integrating the performances into lesson plans and teaching students about the choreographers, dancers and other performers before the field trip.

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