Mark Twain Middle School Bellringers to Perform Today and at the Summer Olympics in London

LOS ANGELES (May 24, 2012) – Olympic-bound students from Mark Twain Middle School World Languages Magnet and Arts Academy in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will perform Thursday, May 24.
Known as the Mark Twain Bellringers, they will showcase their talents at the spring musical concert at 6 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. It is located at 2224 Walgrove Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066.

These talented show stoppers will also dazzle LAUSD Board Members on Tuesday, June 5 at 1 p.m. during a Board of Education meeting at the District’s headquarters, 333 S. Beaudry Avenue, Los Angeles 90017.

Plus they will be performing in August live on stage at four Olympic venues in London.

Dr. Rex O. Patton, principal of Mark Twain said, “You must see the Mark Twain Bellringers perform to appreciate how extraordinary they really are. I am not surprised that they were invited to perform at the largest event in the world this summer. Please come and watch these students empower themselves, and their community as they perform songs from Grammy-award winners Adele, Taylor Swift, and Kate Perry within a Bell choir.”

“LAUSD is so proud of the Bell Ringers from Mark Twain Middle School and their amazing teacher, Ron Thiele,” said Board Member Steve Zimmer who represents the school. “They have worked so hard to represent the United States, California and Los Angeles as ambassadors for the arts and goodwill at this international event. The Twain Bell Ringers represent all that is good and great about LAUSD and arts education. I have never been prouder of our students, our teachers and their families.”

“This is a special moment for Angelenos to offer a group of Bellringers from a Title I school the opportunity to represent the City of Angels on an international stage,” said Patton. “I believe an integral component of the academic and emotional intelligence progress at Mark Twain can be attributed to arts activities that make use of human multiple intelligences to stimulate critical thinking, problem solving and higher cognitive processes in the arts and in the academic disciplines.”

“The arts help give us our humanity,” he said. “Excellence in education is possible only with the full inclusion of the arts and this is of vital importance in the inner city. The students that have this opportunity of a lifetime to perform on the world stage will return and spend the rest of their lives giving back to the people of the Venice community.”

Patton and the Bellringers have worked over the past year to raise $107,200, the amount needed to send the musicians and their chaperones to London.

Past and current partnerships with foundations and community organizations such as Google, Creative Artists Agency, the Carol and James A. Collins Foundation, Robert L. and Marion S. Wilson, and others have helped tremendously as well.