La Plata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion do­nates $15,000 to sup­port arts in public schools

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A quar­tet of North Point High School string mu­si­cians played Christ­mas mu­sic while the mem­bers of the La Plata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion fil­tered into the Dec. 7 meet­ing of the group.

It’s not the typ­i­cal start to most meet­ings of the as­so­ci­a­tion, but this was a spe­cial oc­ca­sion — the group was do­nat­ing $15,000 to Charles County Public Schools in sup­port of the arts. The money was raised through the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Rock­to­ber­fest held on Oct. 1.

“I ask our em­ploy­ees to be the dif­fer­ence in the life of a child,” Dr. Kim­ber- ly Hill, su­per­in­ten­dent of schools, said in a re­lease. “Some­times it’s easy to be the dif­fer­ence in the life of a child, some­times it’s not. But what you’re do­ing as the La Plata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion is that you’ve made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence in what we can do with chil­dren re­gard­ing the fine arts. Fif­teen thou­sand dol­lars makes a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence in what we’re able to pro­vide for chil­dren. You’re creat­ing a dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­nity.”

“I’ve been do­ing this for nine years,” se­nior Esha Satam, a vi­ola player, said in the re­lease. “It’s a part of who I am. It’s shaped me into the per­son I am to­day.”

North Point High School vi­ola player Esha Satam, left, and cello player Madi­son Stan­ley per­form for the La Plata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion dur­ing its meet­ing Dec. 7. The as­so­ci­a­tion do­nated $15,000 to Charles County Public Schools to ben­e­fit the arts in schools.

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Keith Grasso, left, a mem­ber of the La Plata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, presents a check for $15,000 to Charles County Public Schools on be­half of his group. The money was raised dur­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Rock­ober­fest. Ac­cept­ing the check are North Point High School mu­si­cians Car­men Hen­der­son, Amara Gam­mon, Esha Satam and Madi­son Stan­ley.

North Point High School sopho­mores Car­men Hen­der­son, left, and Amara Gam­mon, both vi­olin play­ers, per­form for mem­bers of the La Plata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion dur­ing the group’s De­cem­ber meet­ing.

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