The Steel Angels Drum Band will bring their high energy performance to Racine at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22 to First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave.

The free concert will feature 40 students beating their 70-plus musical instruments.

Lead by their Grammy Nominated Director, Angel Lawrie, members of the Steel Angels band skyrocket to new heights in every aspect of life. Most of the kids glide along the autism spectrum, many struggle with ADHD and other learning challenges, and others are gifted learners. Inspired to offer her band members creative academic learning opportunities designed for personal success, Lawrie built The Steel Academy.

The Steel Academy is a free public community school in Akron, Ohio, for grades 6-12. The unique teaching model integrates visual and performing arts into academics, stretching the therapies of music and performing art into core curriculum classes. This model of education offers students exciting new ways to learn – customized to their particular needs. It is a revolutionary use of hands-on learning and using all senses to harmonize all aspects of learning for each child.

The band chose Racine for their premiere Midwest tour in gratitude for the support they have received from our community. Local school supply drives and fundraising events have helped launch the band’s new academic home, Steel Academy, into its first year. Members of Racine Community Acupuncture’s community have consistently offered supplies to the school over the past year, with acupuncturist Christie Kern delivering these treasures to the school during many trips.

“Steel Academy and the Steel Angels are built solely in love,” explains Kern. “Supporting the school and band is like breathing to me because I know the integrity of Angel and her staff. I know every penny and everything we offer this school is appreciated and used for its best purpose. Over the years I have watched these children grow and expand in so many ways – from singing their way from non verbal communication to verbal to truly life saving events. This school, Angel’s philosophy, is revolutionary and absolutely the education we need to offer to many children.”

In honor of the ongoing effort to support the school, we ask that each concert attending member of the community donate school supplies for the Steel Angels.

More information about The Steel Academy is available at www.thesteelacademy.org or by calling 330-633-1383.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.