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March 24th Concert to Benefit Rowan-Salisbury Students

February 07, 2012

Category: Events, Students, Teacher Education


Grace Reigns Down

K-12 students in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools will be the beneficiaries of a Saturday, March 24th benefit concert hosted on the campus of Catawba College by Catawba's Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE).

Admission to the 11 a.m. concert, featuring a special performance from Christian Rock band, Grace Reigns Down of Greensboro, will be open to those who make a donation of one school supply to attend.

According to Amanda Bosch, director of Catawba's Curriculum Materials Center and advisor to Catawba's chapter of SNCAE, the benefit concert is funded by a $1,000 CLASS grant that the SNCAE chapter was awarded. The main goal of the concert is to collect enough school supplies, everything from pencils to backpacks, to give every child in need in three local schools the supplies they need for the 2012-2013 school year.

The SNCAE grant application cited the fact that 27 of the 35 school in the Rowan-Salisbury system enroll more than 50 percent of their students from low income families that cannot afford school supplies for their children. "By organizing the benefit concert," the grant application read, "our SNCAE chapter will not only be able to enlighten the community to the poverty levels in the local schools, but will also foster cooperation among the schools and the community."

Junior Jamie Caputo of Salisbury, SNCAE secretary and student project manager of the event, sees the concert as a chance to raise awareness of the needs in the local school system and a chance for people in the community to enjoy an free concert for a good cause. "We're hoping that teens and their families we come out for a good cause and spend a small part of their day on March 24 on our campus. We'll also have local vendors who will donate food that will be sold at the concert," Caputo said.

Catawba's SNCAE benefit concert will also feature the talents of local performers, including Catawba College students. It will be held on the lawn behind Catawba's Cannon Student Center on the Intramural Field. The rain location will be in Goodman Gymnasium in the Abernethy Physical Education Center on campus.

For more info about the benefit concert, please contact Jamie Caputo at jlcaputo@catawba.edu.


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