A Scholarship Fundraiser that Rocks: Local Student Talent to Stage Music and Art Festival June 4

Wednesday, June 1 2011

By Donna Emert

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Generation-Next rockers hope to raise some cash for potential first-generation Americans seeking higher education through the Educational Talent Search (ETS) Rock for College Concert, Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Long Ear record store, 2405 North 4th St. in Coeur d’Alene.

The show features singer/songwriters from Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls junior high and high schools, and the CD'A Rock School, performing original music and rock and country standards.

Young visual artists from around the area also will display their work. Food vendors, raffles and additional entertainments also are planned for the event.

Cost is $5 for general admission and $15 for VIP admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at all area junior high and high school offices, at The Long Ear or at University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, 1000 West Hubbard St.

All proceeds from the event will be used to create a scholarship for future ETS students.
ETS is a federally funded program serving limited income and potential first-generation Americans, ages 11 to 27. It is administered in North Idaho through the University of Idaho College of Education. The university’s ETS project serves more than 700 students at 11 schools in northern Idaho.

President of the ETS Student Ambassadors, Anna McElroy, said planning the event included: "Countless meetings, brainstorming and hard work, and a lot of fun. The ETS Ambassadors is a student leadership group and we're hoping that a successful event and all of our planning will raise community awareness about college bound goals."

"Students fundraising for students is an unusual thing that you don't see very often," she noted, "and we're taking a whole new step by reaching out to our community to push our youth toward higher education."

U-Idaho ETS also serves adults in Kootenai County interested in completing a GED program and/or entering a post-secondary education program. ETS provides academic advising, free tutoring, career advising, SAT/ACT preparation and assistance with college admissions, financial and scholarship search and study skills.

"We all know the importance of a college education, and this event celebrates that idea,” said Michael Koep, University of Idaho ETS’ continuing educational specialist. “ETS currently serves more than 700 students in the Coeur d'Alene area and each one of those students has a desire to attend college after graduating from high school."

"This event was designed to not only raise money for scholarships, but also to show our community that local students are looking forward and reaching toward higher education," Koep said. "And what better way to spread the word than a student rock festival at the area's only real record store, The Long Ear."
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