Much ado at Belle Meade School

Nothing encourages success like success and Belle Meade School offers a prime example, with its “can do” spirit. The school, already in the middle of a major fundraising campaign inspired by a $20,000 challenge grant from the Greve Foundation, also plans to open its doors to the community for a number of showcase and fun activities.

Head of School Susan Hoffman said the school is more than halfway toward reaching its matching goal. “We are extremely grateful for the foundation’s generosity and are working successfully with thanks to many who have contributed and a welcoming hand out to those able and willing to help us achieve our goal.”

Belle Meade School has two public events scheduled:

• An open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 6) with tours of school facilities and an opportunity to meet teachers, staff and students and learn first-hand about the school’s sixth- through 12th-grade educational program as well as its early childhood program (for ages 2½ through kindergarten), new this year.

• A gala Valentine Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 11, with food and decorations all planned by Belle Meade students. It will be open to young people from the community. Tickets are $10 each. The dance in the school hall will feature popular musician and teacher Dontez Harris and his “Inferno” band.

• Finally, the most ambitious undertaking is Belle Meade School’s first major theatrical performance. Rehearsal work is well under way to present “Fiddler on the Roof” during a two-day run March 4 (7 p.m.) and March 5 (2 p.m.). Dress rehearsal may be offered free of charge for seniors. A visitor just last week found the students in full practice mode working with teachers Kristin Hauger and Dontez Harris, rehearsing selections from the musical’s score.

“This is obviously an ambitious stage production,” said Hauger, who is also busy soliciting help from parents and working to recruit sponsors, advertisers, costume makers and set designers. “We welcome those who can help with the up-front costs as well as with the professional production part of this exciting venture.”

For additional information about all these upcoming events, to donate to the matching-fund campaign, to sponsor, advertise or help with the theatrical production – or to reserve or purchase tickets for an event – call Belle Meade School at 540-987-8970 or visit online.

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