WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17, 2017 – The SYTA Youth Foundation (SYF) and Disney Theatrical Group hosted three groups of 100 deserving and underprivileged students from Pablo Casals Middle School 181, the Education Through Music program in New York City and Martin Luther King School 6 for an exciting day on Broadway for the SYF Broadway Bound 2017 program.

The students experienced The Lion King, Broadway’s Award Winning Best Musical, on March 1, 2017. For most of these students, it was their first time attending a Broadway show. Special thanks to Applebee’s Apple Metro for providing lunch.

The Disney Theatrical Group donated the 100 tickets and gave the students access to the TDF Stage Doors program. Stage Doors is a project-based arts education program that provides students with a meaningful introduction to live theatre. 

“Our students were able to experience a Broadway show and this was a truly magical day for ALL. Thank you for making it possible SYF!,” said Assistant Principal of MLK School No. 6 Niki Clemons.

“It was a new experience that opened my eyes to different cultures,” said Brianna a student at Pablo Casals Middle School 181.

“As schools narrow their focus on improving performance on math and reading standardized tests, they often have difficulty justifying taking students out of the classroom for real-life experiences not related to improving test scores,” said SYF Associate Director Emily Milligan. “The opportunity to experience a Broadway show gives students insight into the arts that they might not otherwise receive.”

About Pablo Casals Middle School 181

Education Through Music is proud to partner with Pablo Casals Middle School 181 in the Bronx.  The school is in it's 2nd year of an ETM Partnership, and the quality of the music program is continuing to rise. This year, select 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students will present Beauty & the Beast, Jr, so this opportunity to see a Broadway Show is particularly timely.  Thanks to Disney Theatrical Group, the students at I.S. 181X will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of their very first Broadway Show.

About Education Through Music

Education Through Music was founded in 1991 to promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students’ academic performance and general development. ETM forms long-term partnerships with inner-city elementary and middle schools to develop sustainable, long-term music programs. The ETM model currently serves nearly 27,000 students in inner-city schools in New York City, and our model reaches another 10,000 children through the work of our licensed affiliate organization in Los Angeles. Visit to learn more.

About Martin Luther King School 6

More than 1,100 Pre-Kindergarten to grade 6 students are educated daily at Martin Luther King, Jr. School No. 6 in Passaic, NJ. Our staff includes over 150 dedicated people whose primary focus is to ensure a high quality education for our children. At both the school and central level, administrators work together to assist the teachers in raising their level of practice to better prepare students for college and careers. Teachers at all grade levels have been writing growth objectives for their students to reach a higher level of implementation of the Common Core. We strive every day to meet our district vision of becoming the best urban school district in the state of NJ. Specifically, the focus at MLK No. 6 is to provide every student an opportunity to complete sixth grade reading at or above grade level.

SYTA Youth Foundation’s mission is to impact students and youth through travel experiences that change their lives.  SYF strives to provide access to travel opportunities for the maximum number of young people that would otherwise be unavailable due to family hardship or budget cuts in school systems.


SYTA is the non-profit, professional trade association that promotes student and youth group travel. It seeks to foster integrity and professionalism among student and youth travel service providers. SYTA members play an important role in facilitating both domestic mobility and international incoming and outgoing mobility worldwide. As the voice of student and youth travel, SYTA represents the interests of leading U.S., Canadian and international travel agencies, tour operators, attractions, destinations, educators and suppliers.


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