(This school made it through the first round of voting, getting more than 10 times the amount of votes than the entire school population—2,480 votes. It had to be because of outside help, the organizers say. Well, they were notified recently that they made it through the first part of the voting stage, and now they will be judged by the in-house panel to get money for a music program. We will keep you up to date, but for a hearwarming good laugh, check out the video.)
The biggest odds were getting the whole thing done to begin with. Parent decided only a week ago to try to get everyone together at the tiny elementary school and "put on a show" to help
The school with 250 students tucked in the Cahuenga Pass is trying to supplement music programs that were cut by the Los Angeles Unified School District last year. A grant from the California Institute of Contemporary Arts is bringing some music to the fourth, fifth and sixth graders, allowing them to choose between keyboards, guitar, music appreciation and songwriting for a test pilot 10-week program.
But, now they're in competition with hundreds of other schools to get a piece of $1 million to expand the music program.
"Everyone came together and we really got a fun video together," Zelniker said. "We found out about the contest last week, got everyone together, shot it on Saturday, and Monday was the deadline."
If the submission gets approved, it goes online for people to vote on, and then the real race begins. The all-volunteer parent group got it together (.)
Check out the video (it's pretty funny) and vote, even if you don't have a horse in this race. did a great job getting some of the money last year, maybe another local school can win.
The entire song that was written for the video and a longer version will be played at this Friday.
And by the way, that "music teacher" portrayed in the video, is Valley View parent and Studio City Patch editor "Mr. Szymanski."