A Smile Showcase at M.S. 180

June 11, 2019 | Smile Train

The Center for Educational Innovation’s Project BOOST provides cultural and academic enrichment programs for low-income students in diverse communities in New York City. One of the program’s premier annual events, the M.S. 180 School of the Arts talent show, has dedicated all the funds raised from the event to Smile Train for the past seven years.

Mr Carl Vinci accepts his award

At this year’s recent talent show, Smile Train honored the former Director of Project Boost, Mr. Carl Vinci, to recognize his contributions to introducing M.S. 180 to Smile Train and the years of providing funds and support, which have raised more than $20,000 for children living with clefts around the world.

Miss USA 2018 and MS 180 crowd

Before some of New York City’s most talented young artists showcased their talents, Smile Train Ambassador and Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers shared her thanks for helping to provide support to children with clefts. She shared, “I’ve seen Smile Train’s work firsthand in Mexico, and it is truly life-changing. Thank you for lending your talents to make sure these children receive the proper cleft treatment they need to live full and productive lives.”

MS 180 student dancing in gold dress

Then, it was time for the show, through which over 200 audience members were entertained by live music, dance, and performances by the step team, color guard, band, and chorus.

MS 180 students doing ballet

MS 180 student playing guitar

Large group of MS 180 students dancing

One of Smile Train’s staff members cheering the students on, Smile Train’s Director of Public Relations Nijha Diggs, shared, “I am so happy to have witnessed such an incredible night. I will be back next year without a doubt — the room was filled with so much talent! It’s so nice to see our local students, passionate about making an impact in the world and helping other children.”

MS 180 step show

Student singing with dancers in the background

Student whips hair while dancing

Smile Train would like to give a final standing ovation to the M.S. 180 Parents’ Association and Project BOOST for hosting this incredible night full of smiles.

Student advisors get standing ovation


To support M.S. 180’s effort to raise smiles around the world, please make a gift today.