Spaghetti and song were on the menu at Centralia High School.
Except the song was sort of a deferred pleasure.
Nearly 200 people had both subjects on their minds, along, maybe, with a little Panther
basketball, Tuesday night, February 11 in the Centralia High School Cafeteria.
They were gathered to support CHS’ choir and orchestra programs, the concert choir of which will be heading to Dallas TX this spring to sing the National Anthem at a Texas Rangers game and perform various orchestral works at the Texas School Book Depository, also known as the Dallas County Administration Building, the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Supporters consumed 20 pounds of spaghetti noodles and 60 pounds of red sauce. Co-organizer Danielle Bennett said the event raised approximately $1,300.
The events, the fundraising meal and the trip, were the brainchildren of Leah Rolfson.
The performances, she said, are something she has been arranging for the past seven years, to expose the students to different venues and cultural settings.
Rolfson said the performance at the book depository was simple to arrange.
“I just called them and asked if we could perform there,” she said.
There were more steps needed to obtain the gig at the Rangers game.
Rolfson said she had to send the team’s front office an audition tape.
The trip, she said, will enable to the students to get a taste of different cultures, different lifestyles. For some, she said, it may be the only time in their lives they venture outside the Boone County Zip Codes.
For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.