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Dawson-Bryant students earn national recognition

COAL GROVE — Dawson-Bryant students Jenna and Samantha Robinson earned national recognition for “Glee the Musical” and an invitation to attend Disney’s Acting 101 School.

Jenna and Samantha, daughters of Gina and Hatler Robinson, of Coal Grove, wrote and directed “Glee the Musical,” a play about bullying. They have been invited to attend the school this summer.

“I’ve been into drama since I was really young,” Samantha said. “I really wanted to put on a production about bullying and get drama into our school. I struggled with being bullied so that is why I focused the play on that issue.”

Both children entered foster care with the Robinsons nearly a decade ago, owing to abuse and neglect by their biological families. They have used the arts therapeutically and have excelled in all of their endeavors in school, as well as with the performing arts. They have performed in numerous plays throughout the Tri-State such as “Camp Rock,” “Dorothy Meets Alice,” “Vote,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “A Christmas Carol” and “The Wizard of Oz.” They not only created their high school drama department, but Samantha wrote, directed and choreographed the entire play, while her younger sister, Jenna, had a starring role.

Disney World in Orlando, Fla., hosts the Acting 101 School for young, talented and aspiring performing artists. The cast of Glee has an opportunity to attend, and with help, they can achieve this goal.

This exclusive and rare invitation carries with it an estimated cost of $11,000 for the group.

There are multiple ways to contribute, including a PayPal account under the email, gleefundkids@yahoo.com, as well as a PNC Bank account titled “Coal Grove Glee Fund.”

For Jamie’s Sake Foster and Adoption Resource Center in Ashland, Ky., has partnered with Necco to help make this dream a reality for the two teens who spent years in the foster care system.

“These young ladies have used the arts as therapy during their time in foster care,” Lea Ann Reeves-Gollihue, founder and executive director of For Jamie’s Sake, said. “It is the talent that they have that has earned them national recognition and the opportunity of a lifetime. It is our duty, as a community, to rally together for these young people and make this dream chance a reality. They made their journey a positive one and now they are getting the national recognition for their talent.”

For more information on how to help contact Greg Thompson or Dana Adkins with Necco Foster Care in South Point at 740-263-2626, or via email at gthompson@necco.org.