Fashion supports music for children

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Region 8 residents were getting a sneak peak at the latest in fashion while helping local schools.

The Second Annual "Symphony of Style" Spring Fashion Show, hosted by the Delta Symphony Orchestra, took place at the Jonesboro Country Club on Friday.

The public viewed spring fashions from a number of different clothing stores.

Executive Director of the Delta Symphony Orchestra, Christy McKeel, says all proceeds from the event go to fund a program called, "Adopt a School".

"In the Adopt a School program," McKeel said. "A small ensemble goes into local elementary schools to give a performance and speak one on one with the students."

McKeel says these visits open musical doors to the children.

"Sometimes the musicians will talk about different jobs in the music industry," McKeel said. "How they got started playing their instrument. And for the younger students who haven't decided what type of music they're interested in, it gives them an opportunity to learn more. Which makes this a great source of support to the music teachers in the schools."

McKeel says it also provides students with a means of additional support.

"It gives them a lot of support emotionally," McKeel said. "And it's also an outlet for fun, a creative outlet. It supports their academic areas, as well. And just gives them an outlet to express themselves."

Some of the local stores participating in the fashion show were Chico's, Coldwater Creek, Dress Barn, Enhancements, Eden, and Steam Roller Blues.

McKeel says they try to visit anywhere from three to five schools a year.

Any elementary school in the Northeast Arkansas area can be a part of this program.

For information about the Delta Symphony Orchestra, click on this website.

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