Friday, October 14, 2011

Three Spokane public schools compete for Glee money

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Glee has devoted countless alternately sappy and jokey speeches to the power of an arts education. Now the show’s putting its money where its “Froggy Mouth” is. The Fox network, Glee creator Ryan Murphy,  and the National Education for Music Education are donating $1 million  to music programs throughout the nation.

There will be three grand prizes ($50,000 each), 10 first prizes ($25,000 each,) and 60 second place prices ($10,000 each.)

Already, three schools in Spokane are competing against each other. (Click on the links to vote for them.) So far, Longfellow Elementary School (featuring adorable elementary schoolers singing "I’d like to teach the world to sing”) has 264 votes. Sacajawea Middle School (featuring a rap set to beat-boxing and strings) has 231 votes. Lewis and Clark High School's Musical Theater program (performing a very musical theater-like number) has 1,636 votes.

Of course, those (presumably spoiled rich) kids from Lane Tech College Prep, performing a parody of Bohemian Rhapsody, have 7,194 votes, so the Spokane schools have a long way to go to win.

So with that in mind, where’s the auto-tuning, guys? How are you going to win a Glee contest and sell millions on iTunes without auto-tuning?

(Vote once a day, every day, here.)

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A lifelong Spokane native, staff writer Daniel Walters is the Inlander's City Hall reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...