Schools With Heart, the new HMC anti-bullying pilot program created for area high schools, is successfully underway at our pilot school, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy. Working for two years with area educators and educational institutions, and scouring volumes of research, 15 members of the Heartland Men’s Chorus grew this idea from a different motivation and with a completely new twist . . . getting the students themselves involved in leading the effort. HMC actually began developing Schools With Heart upon the suggestion of Artistic Director Cates, “The premise is to shine a light on bullying in schools, not only for LGBTQ+ youth, but for all students. Schools With Heart is a movement that takes a comprehensive, student-centered approach to improving school culture. Through standards-based, original curriculum, empowered student leaders, and a live performance by the Chorus, we will be taking our message of love, respect and inclusivity to schools throughout Kansas City.”
Our inaugural performance of Schools With Heart took place on October 10, 2018 at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in the Kansas City, Missouri school district. It was our distinct honor to perform for this wildly enthusiastic audience of high school students.