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Kaiser's Theatre Program Awarded $10,000 Grant from TV Network

Kaiser High School

Kaiser High School's theatre program, which has earned several high honors in recent years, will now be receiving a $10,000 grant from a TV network.

Kaiser is one of 50 high schools across the country that have risen above 1,000 applicants to claim NBC’s R.I.S.E. America grants. The program -- inspired by the network’s upcoming drama “Rise,” which is about a high school theatre department and its effects on a small town -- is awarding a total of $500,000 to theatre programs in the U.S.

"This is pretty exciting news for us," said Wendi Johnson, the drama teacher at Kaiser. She praised the efforts of the Kaiser students, including Matthew Limas, Piper Dickinson, Samantha Gutierrez, Angelica Alatorre, Jessica Garcia, Paola Torres, Serena Davis, Bradley Davis, Julian Rosas, Lilian Martinez, Myah Lumford, Alma Alicia Apolo, Alexis Limas, Tatiana Avila, Annel Moreno, Glaice Agaton, JonAnthony Vizcaino, Amanda Zierden, Kelly Bouslaiby, Noemi Baltodano, Anthony Postel, Aaron Gomez, Angel Sanchez, Evelyn Garcia, and Ana Victoria Sanchez.

Through R.I.S.E. (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression) America, NBC is giving grants that will help cover the critical needs of theatre programs, ranging from production expenses to technical equipment and master classes. NBC is facilitating the program in partnership with the Education Theatre Foundation (ETF), a non-profit organization dedicated to shaping lives through theatre education.

"It is a dream come true for me that 'Rise' will have a genuine impact on 50 high school drama programs throughout the country,” said Jason Katims, the show’s creator and executive producer. “It has never been clearer that the future of our country rests on the shoulders of the next generation of young leaders. I am excited about the notion that the R.I.S.E. America grants will help support, inspire and nurture creative young minds throughout the country, especially at a time when arts in education is under-valued and under-funded."

Representatives from each school applying for the monetary award submitted a video celebrating their theatre program and a 500-word essay explaining why their school should be awarded the grant and how they will use the $10,000 should they win. They also submitted a letter of recommendation from a school principal or administrator endorsing the application.

Courtesy of Fontana Herald News.

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