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University of Mobile's 'Music in Action' Teaches Children Music, Leadership & Faith

The University of Mobile Center for Leadership and Music in Action program will present the Prichard Children’s Choir, featuring more than 200 students from Prichard, AL, elementary schools, in several upcoming concerts.

The Prichard Children’s Choir is part of the Music in Action after-school program facilitated by the UMobile Center for Leadership. The program is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, an amount of $150,000 awarded to the Center for Leadership by the State Department of Education this fall.

This year’s theme of the Music in Action program is “Music, Leadership and Faith,” designed to encourage kids to use their talents along with hard work and self-discipline to succeed.

Concerts will be held:
-Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, performance at the UMobile Christmas Spectacular, 6:30 p.m., Dauphin Way Baptist Church.
-Dec. 4, 6 p.m., Robertsdale Baptist Church.
-Dec. 5 in a guest performance with the Baldwin County Youth Orchestra, 7 p.m., Fairhope Civic Center.
-Dec. 10, Christmas Extravaganza, 7 p.m., Mt. Hebron Baptist Church.

Admission to each concert is free and open to the public. Contributions to help with expenses will be accepted at each performance.

Music in Action is an after-school cultural enrichment program directed by Nikeland Nichols, director of the University of Mobile RamKids program. Music in Action is held five days a week and provides children with training in music, art, faith, leadership, academics and recreation. The program is facilitated by 25 UMobile college student mentors who were interviewed and selected by the Center for Leadership.

Nichols said, “Music in Action is teaching students that people care and want them to be the best at whatever they set out to do. Students are taught that education is exciting and rewarding. They are learning how to be a positive influence in school, at home and in the community, and that strong character and good habits are the keys to success.”

In addition to the upcoming fall concerts, Music in Action program participants will record a live CD and DVD and hold another public extravaganza concert in the spring.

Joe Savage, director of the University of Mobile Center for Leadership, said, "This investment of the Music in Action program into the lives of our young people will pay huge dividends for all of Mobile, especially the children and families who are most involved. The program also has great value to our students at the University of Mobile as they practically demonstrate and share love, knowledge and life skills with the children. In the end, everyone benefits.”

For more information, contact Nikeland Nichols at 251.442.2701 or nnichols@umobile.edu.

Nikeland Nichols teaches children in the University of Mobile's new Music in Action
after-school mentoring program.
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