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WSVN -- It's a first grader's dream come true: they get to be firemen for a day at the Miami Children's Museum.

This field trip is made possible by the Knight Arts Challenge.

Dennis Scholl of the Knight Foundation: "The Knight Arts Challenge is a $40 million, five-year initiative to basically take advantage of the cultural renaissance we're having in Miami."

The arts challenge presents grants to winners who want to bring the arts experience into the community.

Dennis Scholl: "It's got to be about art. It's got to take place in or benefit South Florida, and the third rule is, if we select you, you must find matching money for your Knight Arts Challenge grant."

Bank Atlantic made today's trip possible for Seminole Elementary.

The Ruby Slippers and the Wizard of Oz exhibit are also a hit.

Derrick Rodriguez, student at Seminole Elementary: "Because there are scarecrows, and I learned about the Wizard of Oz."

Marcia Barry-Smith of Bank Atlantic: "We're all together here to see the Wizard of Oz. I mean, what can be better than that? This same school shared with me that, last year, when they had a field trip, only 30 percent of them could make it because the parents couldn't afford it."

And studies show exposure to the arts is important. Kids involved in the arts often score higher on tests and are more likely to win academic awards. It also inspires them to be creative.

Marcia Barry-Smith: "You wonder, you know, is there another Romero Britto in the group? The imagination is so stimulated by this type of thing that it's worth every minute and every penny."

One look at these faces, and you see why.

Dennis Scholl: "Take your kid by the hand and walk them into a museum, take them to the ballet, bring them to the Miami Children's Museum. Make sure that your child gets a chance to be exposed to culture."

Lynn Martinez: "If you have an idea to bring arts to the community, the Knight Arts Challenge is accepting applications through March 15."

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Knight Arts Challenge

www.knightarts.org/knight-arts-challenge/faq/

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