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Claude Moore Foundation, Inova partner in a gift for good at LCPS

The Same Sky Project is part of A Place to Be, a Middleburg-based music therapy and counseling nonprofit. Facebook/A Place to Be
The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and Inova Loudoun Hospital have donated more than $64,000 to the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) to fund two touring mental and physical health awareness theatrical productions by the Same Sky Project at Loudoun County Public Schools, according to LCPS officials.

The productions include “Behind the Label,” which tours middle schools, and “A WILL to Survive,” presented at high schools.

The financial gift and ensuing performances come amid a growing community discussion and concern over student suicides. At least five students local students have taken their lives over the past two years.

The $32,444 commitment from Inova Loudoun Hospital, combined with a $32,000 commitment from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, provides full funding for the first year of this two-year initiative.

“Behind the Label” features a teenage ensemble that shares how they live with various challenges and disabilities but do not let themselves be defined by those labels.

“A WILL to Survive” is a music-driven performance that explores depression, suicide prevention and learning to accept yourself no matter what life challenges you face. This show seeks to educate students about ways to handle life when it reaches a place where it seems too hard to handle.

The Same Sky Project has toured some of Loudoun’s public schools in recent years. None of the performance dates covered by the commitment from Inova Loudoun Hospital and the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation have been booked yet.

Following are the schools that will be visited during the two-year initiative:

“Behind The Label”
 
Winter 2017

-Belmont Ridge Middle School
-Eagle Ridge Middle School
-Seneca Ridge Middle School
-Smart’s Mill Middle School
 
Fall 2017

-Blue Ridge Middle School
-J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
-Mercer Middle School
-Stone Hill Middle School
 
Winter 2018

-Farmwell Station Middle School
-Harmony Middle School
-Sterling Middle School
-Trailside Middle School

“A WILL To Survive”
 
Winter 2017

-John Champe High School
-Dominion High School
-Potomac Falls High School
-Stone Bridge High School
 
Fall 2017

-Briar Woods High School
-Broad Run High School
-Loudoun County High School
-Riverside High School
 
Winter 2018

-Freedom High School
-Park View High School
-Rock Ridge High School
-Tuscarora High School

The Same Sky Project, piloted in fall of 2012, is an ensemble of 40-plus teenagers living with diverse challenges, according to its website. They create and perform original work thematically rooted in empathy, kindness, joy, and hope to raise awareness about differences. The Same Sky Project is part of A Place to Be, a Middleburg-based music therapy and counseling nonprofit. It provides services to more than 200 families each week and has satellite hubs at the Paxton Campus in Leesburg and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Founded in 1987, the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities, including higher education, for young people in the Commonwealth of Virginia and elsewhere.

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