PINE ISLAND, Minn. - A big break has come for a lucky Minnesota high school. Pine Island High School won $10,000 from NBC's "R.I.S.E. America" grant program. The grant came one week before the premiere of the new NBC drama "Rise," which is about a high school theater program and the impact it has on the community. The show will air on NBC on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting on March 13.
Pine Island was the only school in Minnesota selected. "We're really really fortunate," said Kate Laack, the theater director at Pine Island High School.
The network announced 50 recipients, chosen from 1,000 school applicants around the country, that will receive NBC’s R.I.S.E. (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression) America Grants, designed to assist theater programs with production expenses, technical equipment, master classes and other needs. NBC is partnering with the non-profit Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) on the program.
Pine Island theater director Laack said, "We applied for the R.I.S.E. grant kind of on a moon shot -- just a hope and a prayer."
Laack plans to use the money to add a second production to the 2018 to 2019 school year.