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October 26, 2000

Marching Band to Host
Hundreds of Special Guests

As many as 220 Rancho Cordova children and their families will get a chance hang out with the California State University, Sacramento marching band at a football game at 6:05 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at Hornet Stadium.

The children are part of the Stars mentoring and tutoring program run by the University's Capital University Service Corps, part of Americorps. Two members of the Hornet marching band are in the corps. During Stars Football Spirit Night, the children will meet the band, learn about what they do and then sit next to them during the game. Each child will receive a t-shirt and four game tickets.

They will also get a visit from members of the Hornet football team the day before the game, on Friday, Nov. 3.

The Stars program operates in four Rancho Cordova area elementary schools - Rancho Cordova, Williamson, White Rock and Riverview - and targets children who need special attention. Thirty-two CSUS students work in the after-school program, helping children improve their reading and math skills and organizing enrichment activities such as sports, games, drama and music education. The Hornet band members taught students at one school how to play the recorder.

Americorps is a federal program that provides students academic credit, education stipends and living expenses in return for community service.


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