UPDATE: The fund-raising was successful!
My dancer/friend Joanna Priwieziencew has created a GoFundMe campaign to help nine youngsters who have been re-settled in Chicago from their native Syria. Over the past couple months, these lovely kids have had dance workshops generously donated by Shawn Lent and other volunteers at Performing Arts Limited; now Joanna's mission is to enroll them for regular classes in the coming school year.
Choreographer Brian Carey Chung shared these words in greeting these students: "Good luck, young ones! All of life is within the dance. If you practice, pay attention, and take to heart the music inside you, all of life's lessons (how to be courageous, generous, disciplined, creative, graceful, a leader who also knows how to follow, etc.) can be learned."
UPDATE: The goal was reached...and the kids are happy. Thanks everyone!