Crowdfunding saves school show in north county district

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Volunteer Choreographer Kimberly Phillips, (center), leads a group of Ferguson Middle school students in rehearsal on Saturday, May, 2, 2015, for the upcoming "Celebrate Children" concert. Budget cuts prompted Ferguson-Florissant School District leaders to cut funding for the annual concert. But after a $50,000 GoFundMe donation, the concert will go on. (Photo by Christian Gooden, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Budget woes in the Ferguson-Florissant School District left an annual show put on by elementary and middle school students in limbo, but the performance will go on thanks to a $50,000 donation from a crowdfunding website.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the site, GoFundme, pitched in the cash to help support the program called Celebrate Children. But the program’s future still remains on shaky ground since a budget crisis cut district funding for it.

The show will showcase popular dances throughout the years and will be held this week at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Its theme will be “Dancing Our Dream.” A co-founder of the program says the show is a chance to dance at least once more for students.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch