Saturday Charity Concert Will Benefit Local Elementary Schools

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. (Sept. 24, 2008)—Students, parents, teachers, and the general public are invited to attend "SMCM Rocks the Arts," a four-hour music concert at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) on Saturday, Sept. 27. The concert, to be held at the Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary's Hall beginning at 4 p.m., will feature the college's three a capella groups (TNA, SMC-Men, Interchorus) and three student bands. Tickets are $2 and space is limited, so early arrival is recommended.

The concert is being organized by students Megan Anderson ('11) and Rachel Peffer ('11) for their Nitze Leadership Engagement Project, a requirement of the college's Paul H. Nitze Scholars Program. The projects are intended to engage students in leadership and service roles.

"…with the introduction of No Child Left Behind, the emphasis has been placed on testing scores in reading and math," said Anderson. "The arts are being cut out of the equation and given lesser funding. We believe that music can stimulate student performance, foster a positive school experience, and possibly give a lifelong passion."

Proceeds from this event will be donated to local elementary schools.

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