Teen plans benefit concert

Donelle Pardee Whiting

When Washington Community High School sophomore Tina Abreu went to Snowball she came away with a mission.

During Snowball 2007, there was a speaker from Schools For Schools, Abreu said.

The organization promotes students raising money to help children in Uganda.

Abreu said after Snowball, she researched the group online, liked what she saw and wanted to help.

Abreu talked with Michael Damery, who sent her to dean of student services Mike Sluder.

With support from WCHS, Kids Rock 4 Kids was born.

Although the group of about 15 students have already had two small fundraising events, the kick-off is Saturday with a benefit concert, she said.

Three Peoria area bands, Last in Line, The System After and Last Call for Summer, will perform in Meadow Valley Park.

One of the bands will perform “99 Red Balloons,” Abreu said, adding that at the end of the song, organizers will release 99 balloons with messages of hope attached.

The messages will be written by WCHS freshman and sophomore honors English students.

After Saturday, Kids Rock 4 Kids will continue to have fundraising events in the form of car washes, bake sales and more musical events.

On June 28, local band The Addison will perform.

So far, the student organization has raised $700. In the fall, the group will partner with Global Affairs, which will be a school-sanctioned organization next year.

“(The whole thing) was an idea I had. I don’t know if anything will come of it,” Abreu said, adding she plans to continue the group and plans to build it up so it will still be active after she graduates in 2010.

“This is not a one-time thing,” she said.