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Norland Middle will celebrate magnet program’s 30th anniversary

A Miami Gardens middle school will mark 30 years of dance, theater art and music with a celebration of its magnet program on Friday evening.

Norland Middle School will celebrate the anniversary of the school’s performing arts program with a performance showcasing the school’s past and present talent.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the school, 1235 NW 192nd Terr., with a silent art auction, followed by performances from various shows and competitions over the years.

Magnet lead teacher, Damon Richardson, said planning for the event has gone on for more than a year. Alumni engagement was boosted by social media outreach and through word of mouth.

“It gives you a sense of pride and tradition and it’s heartwarming to see people want to give back to where they developed as artists,” Richardson said.

More than 300 people have indicated that they plan to attend, he said.

Students from the program often go on to local arts-focused high schools like New World School of the Arts and Design & Architecture Senior High, and magnet programs at schools across Miami-Dade County, such as Miami Northwestern Senior High and Dr. Michael Krop Senior High.

The school has received multiple Magnet School of Excellence awards from the Magnet Schools of America organization over the years, as well as a School of Distinction award for the 2004-2005 school year.

Richardson hopes that the event, which will also serve as a fundraiser for the program, will encourage people to continue supporting the arts at Norland for years to come.

“I hope that we can capture this moment and preserve it for future generations,” Richardson said.

For more information, visit the show’s Eventbrite page. Tickets for the event are $20.