Over 400 KidsZone and TeenZone students and sponsors attended Daytona State’s annual holiday concert on Friday, December 4.
For the sixth year in a row, Daytona State College hosted Food Brings Hope students to their amazingly popular and sold-out Holiday concert. This year an added surprise was the tour of the DSC campus. Twelve of the fifteen FBH schools were in attendance on Friday. Those schools included: McInnis, Pierson, Starke, Turie T. Small, and Westside Elementary Schools; Campbell, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, and Southwestern Middle Schools; and Atlantic, Taylor, and Mainland High Schools. More than 50 DSC volunteers were involved in making this event a success. One student was heard telling a volunteer thank you for being so nice to him!
The holiday festivities began with dinner, sponsored by Sodexo and served by DSC volleyball and softball team members, in the college’s Student Center. During the evening, schools were taken on a guided tour of the campus by DSC’s SGA members. Students were able to learn about and visit departments such as culinary, cosmetology, welding, science, and photography. The tour’s aim was to familiarize FBH’s students with what college classrooms look like and what degrees they can think about attaining.
Later, the students were bused to the News-Journal Center to enjoy the musical extravaganza presented by DSC’s music department. Upon arrival, the students were personally greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus and given a special Christmas treat!
Dr. Doug Peterson, Chairman of the Mike Curb College of Music Entertainment and Art, conducted the concert that also included a symphonic band, an acapella set, and an improvisation group.
Chris O’Conner, a band student at New Smyrna Beach Middle, said, “I was really looking forward to hearing the symphonic band.” Camron Thomas, seventh grader at Campbell Middle, shared, “I loved the classical music at the concert! I was in TeenZone last year, and I was so happy that we got to come again.”
“Bringing our students onto a college campus teaches them that college is not a scary place. We hope that this visit has opened their eyes to the many opportunities available to them,” said Forough B. Hosseini, Food Brings Hope founder and chair. “The campus tour and concert are some of the enrichment activities we provide for our students so that they are able to reach their fullest potential. We are indebted to everyone at DSC, especially Dr. LoBasso for setting up the tours and Dr. Peterson for inviting our students to attend the very popular Holiday Concert.”
100% of Food Brings Hope overhead is paid for by the Hosseini Family Foundation!
100% of donations to Food Brings Hope directly benefit students.
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