ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
The parent company of FOX 35, 21st Century Fox, has partnered with a non-profit group called Give a Note Foundation, which helps underserved schools across the country improve their music program. It was a tough competition between schools in the Orlando area, but Castle Creek Elementary won the grant. FOX 35’s Jackie Orozco presented the $3,000 check to the school.
"I'm just proud, I'm trying to hold my tears to not embarrass them, I'm very proud,” said a mother in the audience, Krystle Otero. Her twin boys sing in the chorus group at Castle Creek Elementary.
Give a Note Foundation was established in 2011 by the National Association for Music Education. The goal: support music education programs for all children across the country. It focuses on schools in low income and under-served communities and with the help of 21st Century Fox schools across the country are getting help.
"A million dollars (donated) and together we provided grants to 74 schools and so when Glee ended 21st Century Fox came back to us and said we want to celebrate again and gave us a grant and said lets do some more good,” said Jane Mell Balek with Give a Note Foundation
The music director says this grant will go a long way.
“This grant will enable us to show the heartening benefits of investing in music education by sharing exciting performances of our students around our City Beautiful," said Castle Creek Elementary music director Earl Vennum. "In addition, our students will be able to see high school and professional performances, inspiring our students to a finer level of artistic accomplishment.”
Not only that, school officials say music helps students excel academically.
"I'm a true believer that arts and academics go hand and hand,” said School Principal Seth Daub.
Krystle Otero's 9 year old twin boys made it to the chorus club this year.
“They were praying for that for 2 weeks," said Otero.
Everyone did a great job but Otero's son Chris caught our eye with his smooth dance moves.
"My trick is I use my toes and not my bottom feet and I try my best from my heart,” said 9 year old Chris Lopez.
Maybe one day, we'll see them on a TV show.
If you would like to see the students perform live, they will be performing this Saturday October 17th for “Education Day” at downtown Avalon Park. It starts at 10:30am. It’s free and open to the public.