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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Guntersville City School students are getting a unique opportunity invaluable to their education with the help of thousand of dollars in grants.

In the auditorium at Guntersville High School, students from Guntersville City Schools are squirming, ready to leave for class. They've been sitting for a while, watching the high school's production of Cinderella. It's a valuable experience, and this production isn't the only touch with the arts these students have had lately.

Lou Ann Patton is a Curriculum Director with the school system. She says the system got two 20 thousand dollar grants, one for this year and one for the next. With the funds the students are getting an invaluable experience. "We've had several orchestras come to visit for our children, we've offered visiting musicians, and performing artists have come into our elementary classrooms," Patton says.

Names like the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville State Jazz Band and local artists are giving the students an opportunity to learn about fine arts. "For a lot of our kids they would not have an opportunity to visit theater productions," Patton says.

Even in a school system and community where the arts are held to a high standard bringing big names to the schools still is not a simple task. "The financial constraints of the day of course make it difficult to offer this quality of a program," Patton says.

Patton says the experience has been and will continue to be a valuable avenue of education for the students."This has been huge for our school."

The grants also allow for the school system to provide high-tech, career ready art equipment to the students.

For more information on the high school's production of Cinderella click here.