Friday, August 26, 2011

Good Cause

One of my former students from the gifted program could use a little of your time by voting online or texting.  He's the choral director at Penn State and this is a way of raising money for three of his groups to go to the world competition.  If you drink Pepsi (I'm a Coke person), you can enter the codes on the yellow caps.  He's on FB - Jason Bishop.  Check out his page and see more about him and his work.  Here's the link to the website - CLICK HERE.  Time is about to run out.  I just tried it and it wasn't a big deal.  Thanks!! 

This is an article about him in our local paper The Dickson Herald:

A Dickson County native who is now choir director at a Pennsylvania college is trying to garner support to earn a Pepsi Refresh Grant to help send his youth choir to the World Choir Games in Cincinnati.
Dr. Jason Bishop grew up in Burns, graduated DCHS in 1994, and now is director of choral activities at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, in Erie, Pa. Bishop founded the multicultural Young People’s Chorus of Erie while at PSE.
The YPCE shares a mission with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, providing opportunities for children ages 7 to 18 to participate in a comprehensive choral program that celebrates diversity, multiculturalism, and equal opportunities for children from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Bishop applied for a $25,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh program. The grants are awarded based on online voting. If the YPCE remains in the Top 15 of vote-getters come Aug. 31, they will receive the $25,000.
“We’re very excited and appreciative of all the support and I’m especially touched that my hometown… would extend its support in this way,” Bishop said.
To vote, log on to and register, or follow the instructions on
People can also vote to help YPCErie by texting the number 107988 to the phone number 73774. Also, if you are registered on the website, you can vote additional times by purchasing Pepsi cans with the yellow tops and entering the code.
Bishop’s parents Michael and Linda Bishop currently reside in White Bluff and his sister, Amanda Bishop, still lives in Burns.