Education is a high priority in our household. Our parents, who were both teachers achieved their mission of making sure that we each got the appropriate education to suit our learning styles. They also instilled in us the importance and impact of service to others, and we each continue to find ways to honor this in both our personal and professional lives.
As a result, every year John Neill Painting seeks out local non-profit organizations in need to assist with donations, either in kind or through funding to further their mission.
Last year we were introduced to John Alston and the Chester Children’s Chorus. While we did make a monetary donation, we were also excited to help promote their Spring Concert Series, which unfortunately was canceled for safety reasons due to the pandemic.
Director, John Alston’s childhood was dramatically changed by his experience with the Newark Boys Choir. This introduction to the discipline of time and practice required to excel, along with the experience of learning to sing complex compositions in a large group gave him the skills needed to graduate from Swarthmore College, then move on to Indiana University where he completed his doctorate.
His deep love of music helped him discover his purpose, which lead to founding the Chester Children’s Chorus, where he teaches children from the third grade and up thinking, discipline, and practice through their shared gift of song. With a deep understanding of the importance of a solid educational foundation, the program also includes tutoring in both math and language arts to develop well rounded young men and women, preparing them for life beyond high school.
In spite of not being able to gather to sing over the last eight months, John and all of the staff and volunteers from the organization continued their academic work with the children, offering stability and a much needed continued connection to the community during these trying times.
As we enter another season of giving, we would like to re-introduce you to the Chester Children’s Chorus and share the exciting news of their Virtual Holiday Concert Special on December 12th at 7 pm.
We invite you to watch the Anniversary Video of the Chester Children’s Chorus and consider joining us in supporting this worthwhile organization. It is living proof that when we care for every person in our community, we are all ultimately more successful.
And, after hearing their story and their voices, you feel moved to donate, you can do so here: Make a Gift
Wishing you a wonderful start to the Holiday Season and happy #givingtuesday
With Our Gratitude,
Suhaiba Neill – on behalf of the entire John Neill Painting & Decorating Family