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Trisha Yearwood Brings Music To Cortland School

Trisha Yearwood knows how important music is.  It’s her life.  And she’s spreading the word.  Trisha travelled to St Mary’s Elementary School in Cortland as the Grammy Foundation Ambassador, to talk about the importance of music education in school .  She encouraged the kids to follow their dreams and never give up.

Before getting her big break, Trisha worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame and as a receptionist for Mary Tyler Moore’s MTM Records.  Her first hit, “She’s In Love With the Boy,”  topped the charts in 1991.  20 years later she has three Grammy’s, three CMA awards and 19 top ten singles.  Trisha says “it still amazes me that I make a living doing what I love to do.  I don’t ever feel like it’s work.  I feel grateful and blessed to get to do what I love.  And I love, love, love to sing.”

The appearance from Trisha was all part of a contest by Campbell’s Labels for Education.  For 37 years, the Labels for Education program has helped schools earn free educational items like art supplies, sports equipment, and more.  Why?  Because resarch found students involved in arts and athletics earn better grades, perform better on tests and are less likely to drop out of school.

Jessica Verfuss of Cortland won the national online Labels for Education contest.  At first, she thought the e-mail telling her she won, was spam.  It wasn’t until she emailed back, she realized she had won.  And she had no idea it was Trisha who would be making the appearance at her kids’ school.  And actually, this was Trisha’s first time out as the Grammy Ambassador, but I’m sure it won’t be her last.

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