Three Grade 9 H. J. Cody students were recognized for their positive attitudes and volunteer work at the school during a ‘Play It Forward’ concert last Friday.
Jessica Beckwith, Erika Marshall and Jessie Stormoen were each presented with $75 to be used towards helping the school become a better place.
As well as receiving $75, each student’s name was entered to win a $10,000 prize pack consisting of a $5,000 donation to a charity of their choice and a $5,000 monetary prize to the school to be put towards a program that ‘Plays it Forward’.
The Play It Forward School Tour by Tenille, a young award winning country singer who filled the arts centre with her vitality and enthusiasm, is a 50-minute in-school presentation. Tenille, uses music and storytelling to spark interest, ignite change and fuel passion.
“If there’s one thing you can remember it’s make a difference in this world. For me I love to play music,” Tenille told the students.
“Your goal is to follow your passion, then go out in the world and play, then play it forward. Draw pictures of your dreams and remember everything happens for a reason,” she added.
Tenille’s actions show that she not only talks the talk, but walks the walk when it comes to giving back.
She has contributed to fundraising efforts for Slave Lake, Haiti and is the creator behind the annual music event Big Hearts for Big Kids, benefitting Sunrise House, the only youth emergency shelter north of Edmonton. In the three-year event tenure, $194,000 was raised which helped keep the shelter doors open.
The gifted singer and songwriter has been awarded Alberta’s Female Artist of the Year Award and she was also nominated as the youngest ever female artist of the year.
She is the winner of the 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, which she received in September at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
For more information about Tenille check out her website at www.tenille.ca