Soup benefit raises money for music and English departments

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer

The sound of music will fill the city of Floyd one week from tonight as the school presents the fifth annual Love Soup Extravaganza to benefit its music department.

Carol Lang, who has been teaching music to pre-schoolers through seventh-graders for 11 years, started the event as a fundraiser for the Floyd music program.

Lang said money raised at the show will go to help pay for sheet music, instruments and other teaching tools.

“Music is very important to everyday life,” Lang said. “I really do believe that it takes a community to educate a child. If we can get our community involved — we have lots of resources, a lot of people who are very skilled musically.”

The Floyd English and music departments are both involved, preparing nearly 80 students to sing, dance and perform poetry.

Lang said the program brought in about $750 last year, and she hopes to raise at least that much money in this year’s event.

“With budgets tight, there are extra things that the school hesitates (to pay for) but are necessary to teach,” Lang said. “For us this has been quite successful.”

Lang’s grandson and Floyd sixth-grader J.W. Lang is looking forward to his big moment on the stage.

“Yeah. I think I’m going to have fun,” J.W. said. “I want to be in front of a crowd and get attention.”

Third-grader Zac Grubbs is looking forward to dancing in the event as well as singing two songs.

“(I’ve practiced) a whole lot,” Grubbs said. “I like dancing and singing a whole lot, and I’ll probably have a whole lot of fun.”

The show will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in the old Floyd gym.

The price of admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students. The price covers a bowl of soup along with crackers, cornbread and tortillas, a piece of cake, a drink and the live entertainment.

“I want this to be something that everybody can attend,” Lang said.

As for the theme of the show — the Love Soup Extravaganza?

“We try to do songs that has to do with love of others or love of our world,” Lang said.