LYDIA Urban Academy hosts fundraising concert

MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- A school that works with kids who have gotten into trouble or who have learning disabilities turns to music to keep its doors open.

LYDIA Urban Academy held a free concert with all money raised going back to the school. In addition to the concert there was also an ugly sweater contest, cookies, and hot chocolate. The school needs to raise $40,000 by the end of the year. So far it's come up with about $15,000 and hopes to get another $5,000 by the end of the night.

"We're calling this our Christmas miracle. We are trusting and we believe this is going to happen. We know we are not going to close our doors but we need people to step up. We know people believe in Rockford and our goal is to have kids step back into our community so really this isn't just about our kids, this is about the whole community of Rockford," Director Chad Carty, said.

The Rockford Ice Hogs have also stepped in to help. Proceeds from tickets bought for Friday night games online with the code LYDIA go back to the school.