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ConVal: SMS fundraiser

  • The South Meadow School Dance Team and Drama Club rehearse on Nov. 29, 2016. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Allison Chisholm of Temple and the South Meadow School Dance Team rehearse on Nov. 29, 2016. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The South Meadow School Dance Team and Drama Club rehearse on Nov. 29, 2016. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The South Meadow School Dance Team rehearse on Nov. 29, 2016. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:47PM

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” explained South Meadow School student Kaylee Calistro of Temple.

But it will take a little work to get there.

This Saturday, the South Meadow School Dance Team and Drama Club will be manning the holiday bazaar at the South Meadow gym, working to raise money to send the members of both clubs on a trip to New York City for three days in May.

Between the two clubs, that’s about 50 students, said Katherine Heck, a mother who assists with the Dance Team, putting their total goal at about $10,000 for fundraising.

The teams have already started, holding a rollerskating night and selling candles, and the Dance Team is planning to hold a competition at South Meadow in January, with the proceeds going toward the trip.

“You have to do a lot of fundraising, but it pays off,” noted Dance Team student Allison Chisholm of Temple.

And the payoff is big – the trip includes taking in a Broadway play, a tour of the Radio City Music Hall, sight-seeing in New York City, and a performing arts workshop with a professional in the field. Last year, the Dance Team traveled to Disney World, and was able to do their workshop with a Rockette and perform at downtown Disney.

“Not many people can say that,” said Calistro.

This year, the Drama Club students said they’re looking forward to being able to see the city known for being the capital of theater.

“I’m most looking forward to the workshop, because you get to meet real actors and learn the skills they use,” said Drama Club student Inaya Vaidya of Peterborough. Vaidya said that she is hoping to be an actress someday.

Her fellow Drama Club member Will Thompson of Peterborough agreed.

“I want to see how the actors think that character would think, behave and sound like, and think about how I would do it, and compare the two,” said Thompson, of taking in a Broadway spectacle.

The South Meadow School Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday at the South Meadow School gym from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 1 to 2 p.m.

Along with crafters and vendors, the fair includes baked goods, hot breakfast and lunch items, a gift-wrap station for gifts bought at the fair or brought from home, a silent auction and a raffle.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172, ext 244.