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Published October 14, 2011, 10:09 PM

Hit show gives area schools a chance to Give A Note

Rothsay, MN (WDAY TV) - What does the hit show “Glee” and Minnesota budget woes have in common? Just ask small town schools across the state and nation. Locally, Hawley and Rothsay schools are competing online with 370 other towns in a special project called: Glee Give a Note.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

What does the hit show “Glee” and Minnesota budget woes have in common? Just ask small town schools across the state and nation. Locally, Hawley and Rothsay schools are competing online with 370 other towns in a special project called: Glee Give a Note, an effort by the TV show to award a million dollars to schools in need.

At MSUM Moorhead today, high school students from West Central Minnesota belted out songs as part of a fall music festival. And for towns like Rothsay, students do everything from football to band to choir. With budget cuts bleeding schools in Minnesota, staff and students are jumping at any chance to bring in money especially for the arts.

Heather Reber – Rothsay Music Teacher: “Every school has cuts and our music program needs new instruments and new music and new stands but that is they way it goes for every school out there.”

Enter the hit show Glee, which is offering to distribute a million dollars to schools across the nation for schools facing cuts in music programs. All they had to do was make a video of their school and town.

Brett Brenden – Rothsay Sophomore: “Kind of normal for Rothsay, because everyone does everything around there have to keep it going.”

And for Rothsay, it meant most of the town got involved. Everyone in school wanted to take part. And with this entry into the contest, Rothsay will compete with more than three hundred other schools for cash.

Paden Lindsay – Rothsay Senior: “Cool that such a small school can get into this and has a shot at getting it.”

It is a way to toot their own horn,let their voices be heard, and get some cold hard cash on the doorsteps of their school.

In order to vote for Hawley or Rothsay, go to Rothsay's school website.

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