Students try to raise money to keep performing arts school from closing

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AMERICAN FORK, Utah (News4Utah) Students of a performing arts school slated for closure are rallying to save their school.

The school board voted Wednesday to close Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts due to lack of funding and low enrollment.

Pioneer High School students aren’t letting go without a fight. They have started a fundraising campaign to raise $500,000 by Tuesday morning to stop the closing procedure.

A GoFundMe page was set up to collect contributions. The students released the following statement to drum up support: 

PHS has been a haven for at-risk students who struggle to thrive in large mainstream schools.  This school has in most cases been life-changing, and in some cases, literally LIFE-SAVING!  Here we can embrace each other’s uniqueness and varied orientations.  We simply cannot say goodbye to this nurturing environment.   We are heartbroken!  This is our home.  This is our family! 

We, the students of PHS are making a final effort in fundraising to keep the doors open this 2018-19 school year and beyond!  Please donate to our futures, and help us #SavePHS!

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