Thirty-eight students from the Performing Arts School from both Sampson and Cumberland counties recently performed in a benefit concert organized by the studio at The Fayetteville Academy.
All proceeds and donations from the event were given to the Second Harvest Food Bank and Backpack Buddies program. This is the fourth year that the studio, owned by Clinton native Suzi Faircloth Matthews, has organized a benefit concert to help the hungry.
“I feel that it is my responsibility as a business owner to help my community,” Matthews stated. “Young people should learn early to use their talents to help others less fortunate. My studio takes great pride in training young people to do just this. The students and parents really support this project each year because projects like this make us all better people.”
The Second Harvest Food Bank, located in Fayetteville, serves victims of storms. It supplies individuals with food, toiletries and basic necessities.
The Backpack Buddies program is run by local churches in Sampson County. These volunteers supply more than 200 children a week with food for the weekend when there is a shortage at home.
The Performing Arts School is located in downtown Clinton. The studio offers classes in dance, baton, clogging, acrobatics, hip-hop, and musical theater for students ages 2 and up. The studio will hold its annual spring concerts May 9-10 at Sunset Avenue School in Clinton.