Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 2, 2014

Concert funds to help expand learning center

Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias tickets available

BLUEFIELD — Money raised by a major concert will help a local nonprofit agency offer more young people the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and move on to college.

The 2014 Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias Concert will be presented June 21 at Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield. Tickets are still available at all Grant’s Supermarket locations, Paper & More in downtown Bluefield, Va., and the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce in downtown Bluefield, said Erik Robinson, executive director of the Second Chance Learning Center.

This year, the scheduled entertainers include Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chris Lane and Clare Dunn. Proceeds from the concert will be used by the Second Chance Learning Center to help more local students get a better education, Robinson said.

“We help kids graduate high school,” he said. “We offer free counseling, mentoring and tutoring to help kids graduate high school, and we’ve given out over $85,000 in scholarships to help kids attend college.”

Funds that are raised by this year’s concert will help the Second Chance Learning Center open more locations, Robinson said. Second Chance currently operates a center in Bluefield, Va. One in the town of Tazewell, Va., had to be closed, but the center hopes to reopen it.

“We would also like to get into Bluefield, W.Va., and we also have a spot in Richlands that we would like to get into,” Robinson said. ‘We’ve just moved into downtown Bluefield, Va. The funds will help us work on the building. It just helps us open up more offices.”

Second Chance Learning Center has been helping students for about nine years, Robinson said. Last year, the center helped 52 students either graduate from high school or pass their classes and advance to the next grade level.

Handicapped parking will be available at the concert, Robinson said. “All they need to do is tell one of the parking attendants or officers, and they will lead them to the parking area.”

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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