A group of Capitol Hill High School students in the Fine Arts Academy may be getting the opportunity of a lifetime to go to Greece.
Manuel Hortado is a guitar player and one of seven students who qualify for this trip, but the problem now is money. He is trying to pay for it, but says his family is not able to. Some of the other students are struggling financially too.
“I’ll be traveling on an airplane and I’ve never done that before so that seems exciting,” Hortado said.
Teachers in the program say these students deserve this trip, and are hoping the community will help.
Erika Reyes, a dance instructor, said many of these students come from low-income families and have never left the country before.
“We’re talking about $1.50 a day for breakfast and lunch that kids can’t even afford here. To go to Greece, they still need financial assistance.”
This program is a 12-day performing arts camp in July and will cost $2,500 per student. It’s a chance for them to learn from the best, get private lessons in their medium, and it all takes place in Greece, known for art and culture.
Reyes is asking people to help them fundraise for the students. She said at this point one dollar will help. The community can sponsor one student, or even donate to the entire group. To help, contact Erika Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org.