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Shine Nation introduces students to the arts

Posted at 8:42 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 10:46:47-04

A local non profit is giving our students the chance to get outside the classroom and explore!

Shine Nation is an after school program for under resourced communities. Right now, they’re working with dozens of students for a performance this weekend. We caught up with some of the students about what this program means to them!

For Hailey, it all started with an audition and she was hooked!

“I was like, I really should take this opportunity to see what I’m capable of,” said 8th grader Hailey Farmer about her choice to audition.

She tells News 5, it’s the life lessons she’s taken away, that have stuck with her the most.

“Everyone’s so open with each other, everyone’s so weird with each other,” continued Hailey. “I love it so much, and it’s made me come out of my shell.”

At Shine Nation, it’s more than just a curtain call. For Clair, an aspiring biologist, Shine Nation has shown her what the world of arts has to offer.

“They’re always talking about, how does this look on a resume?” said 7th grader Clair Markwell.

“It’s legit given me so much more confidence,” added Hailey. “I’m not afraid to be myself anymore.”

Their big performance of Once on this Island Jr. is this weekend at the Harrison High School Auditorium! Showtimes are May 4th at 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm and May 5th at 2:00 pm.Tickets cost $1 at the door.