The Harmony Stockton after-school program at Marshall Elementary in south Stockton is based on the renowned El Sistema program in Venezuela. El Sistema is credited with lifting numerous children out of poverty over the past 40 years.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday at UOP’s Faye Spanos Concert Hall, Harmony kids will give a free winter concert. Donations to the program are welcome. The concert will be followed by a community potluck dinner.
One of Harmony’s new teachers this year is Margaret Gonzalez (above), a native of Venezuela and herself a product of El Sistema.