ROCKLAND COUNTY– In the daily morning video message from Dr. Deborah Wortham, Superintendent of East Ramapo Schools was joined by Grace VanderWaal, winner of America's Got Talent and NYS Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Wastchester) to announce the creation of a "show choir" in the East Ramapo School District. The choir will start with auditions for current 4th and 5th graders entering 5th and 6th grades. Those students selected will participate in a workshop over the summer and begin to participate in competitive events starting in the new school year. Funding for the choir will be donated by Grace VanderWaal and matched with State funds secured by Carlucci.
"Starting this choir will expose so many students to an opportunity that they may not have had without it," stated Dr. Wortham. "Our students are passionate about the arts and we are excited to have another way for them to excel. Grace's continued involvement in our community is inspirational and I can't wait to join her for the first concert and the choirs' renditions of her music"
"East Ramapo students are lucky to have Grace VanderWaal as a role model for them and helping make this new choir a reality," added Senator Carlucci. "After many students students had limited opportunities like this a few years ago due to budget constraints, it is an honor and a privilege to be able to create another way to enrich what goes on in the classrooms. This would not have been possible without the creativity of Grace and Dr. Wortham and I am thankful for their collaboration to get this choir going."