Hand It On: Rebecca Acosta Baton Rouge Youth Ballet

Hand It On: Rebecca Acosta

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Ballet Theater's Youth Ballet performs free at more than 30 venues each summer, venues like neighborhood community centers, area retirement homes, etc. The East Baton Rouge Parish main library on Goodwood Boulevard was one of their stops in June, 2015.
 
The youth ballet is under the direction of several people, one of whom is Rebecca Matthews Acosta. A fellow ballet member and good friend of Rebecca's, Ryn Jones, nominated Rebecca for WAFB's Hand It On series.
 
"She's early there, staying late. She has her own family," Ryn explains. "She'll take dancers if they need transportation. She just - she's instilling in these kids that participate the importance of giving back to the community."

Ryn continued, "Rebecca dedicates countless hours from preparing the dancers to fixing costumes. She represents the true spirit of what Hand It On is all about."
 
Rebecca thought WAFB was at the library to do a story on the ballet. But little did she know WAFB was there for Hand It On. When Ryn called Rebecca to the stage after the performance and handed her $300 from Hand It On, Rebecca began shaking.

"And I just want to say thank you on behalf of the community for what you do for our dancers, my children included, and for bringing this great program out into the community for people like you to enjoy," Ryn said as she acknowledged Rebecca's contributions.
 
Spellbound, all Rebecca could say, shaking, through tears, was "Well, thank you so much!"
 
To nominate ordinary people making an extraordinary impact in your community, send your written nomination to HandItOn@wafb.com and remember to include your contact information with phone number.

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