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100 JCPS second and third graders treated to dinner at the Galt House and tickets to the Kentucky Center

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Normally, second and third graders at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School might be winding down at 7 p.m. on a school night.

But not Thursday.

The pint-sized performing arts students and their parents donned their Sunday best and hit the Galt House for dinner first.

"I like to call it a New York night out in Louisville," said Mike Ice, Assistant Principal at Lincoln.

Every year, Ice treats 100 students, many of them low-income, to a theatrical experience thanks to a sizable donation from Broadway Across America project.

"Many of our families haven't been to the Galt House or had a really formal meal or even to a Broadway show," he said. "They're very expensive."

It was a first for Kelly Henderson and her 7-year-old daughter, Dakale.

"It means the world to me for me and my daughter to spend some quality time together and for her to be with her classmates," Henderson said.

After dinner, it was off to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts for the Broadway adaption of the Grinch.

"I've never been to a Broadway Across America play before, and I'm really excited," third-grader Asa Hagman said before the show started.

For all 100 kids, it was an early Christmas blessing, opening hearts and minds.

"Everybody wants their children to have a great holiday, a great Christmas, a magical experience," Henderson said. "So I think all of us are fortunate."

Each child had to do a project with their parents in order to go. Broadway Across America donated 200 tickets to the school this year. Last month, Ice took another group to see Finding Neverland.

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