Spreading the Word About Afterschool Programs

The Second Annual Afterschool Not Idle program is just around the corner, giving local kids a chance to let their talents shine.

The program had its official kickoff Thursday, highlighting the need for
afterschool programs.

Mayor John Robert Smith and Sheriff Billy Sollie were on hand to support it. Sheriff's deputies will help spread the word about the singing competition for
children in grades K-12.

"They'll be taking bags to area schools filled with registration forms and education packets about our Afterschool (Not) Idle program," said coordinator Heather Goodwin of Peavey Electronics.

The winner of the talent competition will get a chance to go to Nashville to record a demo.

Contestants must pre-register at The Radio People by Oct. 12 for the initial audition. Semi-finalists will perform at the mall on Oct. 27. Three finalists will perform at the MSU Riley Center on Nov. 15.

Information about the contest and how to enter:
Afterschool (Not) Idle" is a three-tiered singing competition presented by Peavey for students who are enrolled in public, private or home school grades K-12. The audition round will be held at Peavey International Headquarters, 5022 Hartley Peavey Drive (Hwy. 493 North), on Saturday, October 13, where contestants will sing a capella. Anyone interested in participating should pre-register by October 12 at The Radio People's offices, 3436 Old Highway 45 North in Meridian, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Official Rules will be available).

The semifinalists from the audition round will advance and compete live, with backing music, at "Afterschool (Not) Idle" in the JC Penney court of Bonita Lakes Mall on Saturday, October 27, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Three finalists from "Afterschool (Not) Idle" will compete during the official Lights On Afterschool rally at the MSU Riley Center on November 15 before an audience of their peers and a panel of judges.

The Grand Prize Winner of "Afterschool (Not) Idle" will win a free Nashville recording session with top musicians. The first runner-up will receive $750 in Peavey gear of the winner's choosing, and the second runner-up will receive $500 in Peavey gear of the winner's choosing.

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