Cedar Rapids school officials and community members will channel their inner rock stars on Friday at the second annual Lip Sync for Learning, a fundraiser for the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation (CRCSF). Tickets are $50.
The event, which kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, made $10,000 in its inaugural year, foundation executive director Karen Swanson said in an email, and hopes to bump that up to $15,000 this time around. Donations to the CRCSF in conjunction with the event are also accepted, and can be made as a vote for the People’s Choice Award for best performance.
Last year’s grand champion, the Board of Education team, will be returning this year to defend their title. The challengers come from across the Cedar Rapids community, both connected to the school district and not. Teams include representatives from Brucemore, iHeartRadio, McGrath Auto Dealerships, HyVee and more, as well as Linda Reysack, principal of Harding Middle School, and a team from Franklin Middle School.
Swanson said that the event committee brainstorms ideas for performers; however, excitement for the event is growing. “Last year … we had people in attendance that asked us to be a part of the show this year,” Swanson said.
The audience votes using a Text 2 Vote system, similar to shows like American Idol, which assigns each performer a number and auto-calculates the results. The winner takes home a Gold Microphone trophy.
Musician and performer Alisabeth Von Presley is the evening’s emcee, and Mark Taylor, student support liaison at Johnson STEAM Academy, is DJing the event.
The CRCSF funds a wide variety of grants across the district, including professional development for educators and school project grants, as well as a senior scholarship program, a summer reading program and several other initiatives.
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