Rock stars visit Rochester elementary school

Riverside Central Elementary School welcomed a pair of rock stars on Wednesday.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, along with Mike Arturi of The Lovin’ Spoonful, played at an assembly as part of the Turnaround Arts program.

Turnaround Arts is an effort to help schools struggling with funding arts and music programs. Schools are paired with mentors, like Hawkins and Arturi, who offer guidance and support to the school while it is participating in the program.

The drummers encouraged the students to find and explore their passions.

Hawkins took some time to talk about what motivates him, aside from his rock-star status.

"Well, that’s just part of the job," said Hawkins. "But really, in actuality, the music is still the most enjoyable part and still the passion that drives me to get up and do it everyday."

Hawkins also says that Riverside Central feels like home, and has enjoyed connecting with students through the turn-around program.

This was his second visit to Riverside Central for the program. He visited last year as well.

Riverside Central is in its second year of being a Turnaround Arts school. In that time, school officials say they have noticed a 43 percent decrease in suspensions, a 69 percent decrease in behavior referrals and an increase in social emotional learning through the arts.

Nationally, 84 schools participate in the Turnaround Arts program. Seven schools are located in Minnesota.

The Turnaround Arts program is nationally funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. There is also support from corporations, individuals and non-profit partners.



Top Stories

Mason City
Albert Lea
Ted’s Thursday Fox in the Morning Weather

Ted’s Thursday Fox in the Morning Weather

The bright, pleasant sunshine we enjoyed all day Wednesday is going to stick around for today as well. In fact,

Connect with My FOX 47
Top Stories

Byron student hit after driver disobeys bus signals

A Byron Public Schools student is recovering after being hit while crossing the street around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Minnesota, Wisconsin propose fishing regulation changes on Mississippi

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources revisits fishing regulations after decades of no changes.

Iowa senators tapped for new roles in next Congress

The senators begin their new roles with the 116th Congress.

‘Coffee with a Deputy’ comes back to Olmsted County

The community had a chance to talk with deputies Wednesday morning over coffee and donuts.

Rochester Police arrest woman for assaulting a man

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Rochester Police arrested a woman around 2 p.m. on Tuesday after she allegedly assaulted a

Scroll to top
Skip to content