Lansing school receives thousands from AT&T

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Thousands of dollars are helping to advance a local high school program.

Tuesday morning, AT&T presented Everett High School with a check for $7,400.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and State Representative Sarah Anthony were on hand to thank AT&T and congratulate the students and faculty.

The funds will be split up between 7 teachers in the visual and performing arts department to purchase scripts for plays, music scores, props and costuming, and more.

This check hits home for Representative Anthony, who is a graduate of Everett.

"As a proud Everett alumni, it's important for me to stay engaged in our school. The performing arts had a profound impact on my life, I was involved in the dance program as well as the band. It really helped to build my self esteem and confidence," she said.

Mayor Andy Schor added, "It's an important thing for our youth to learn about arts and culture and performance and AT&T is recognizing this and they have provided a sizable check to help ensure that our kids will continue to learn."

Penny Filonczuk, the school director of bands and visual performing arts says, "It's really amazing when they reach out to us and say we would like to help you. The kids get excited about that because it means people care. Sometimes when you're in the four walls of the school, it feels like us against the world, so to have the world come in and say we want to help you is a great thing."