The choices we make have implications on our lives.

That's one of the reasons that the Alamance-Burlington Closing the Achievement Gap, Inc. selected the musical, "Sister Act," as its fundraiser.

The characters in the show, albeit through humor and music, are dealing with serious issues and the choices they make matter.

The North Carolina Central University's (NCCU) Department of Theatre, Music & Art has teamed up for Friday's fundraiser to benefit the Alamance-Burlington Closing the Achievement Gap, Inc. Showtime is 8 p.m. at Cummings High School, 2200 N. Mebane St., Burlington. This event is partially funded by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, through Alamance Arts. 

Stephanie Howard, who goes by Asabi (meaning born for God's purpose), serves as director. She is chairwoman of the Department of Theatre & Dance at NCCU.

Iris T. Chapman is a retired Elon University professor and president of the Alamance-Burlington Closing the Achievement Gap, Inc.

This is the third project that Chapman and Howard have worked on together.

Chapman saw a performance of the show last Sunday, when it wrapped up at North Carolina Central University.

"It has a nice message of sisterhood and how we should recognize other people's beliefs and form a connection. It's about unity," Chapman said.

That theme of unity carries over to the Alamance-Burlington Closing the Achievement Gap, Inc.'s mission. The nonprofit organization creates and promotes intervention activities that support raising the achievement level of all students and closing the achievement gap of ethnic minority students, particularly African-American and Hispanic males and more recently concentrating on these students as eighth-graders.

A mentoring initiative, in which African-American mentors in the community work with elementary and middle-school boys once a week for an hour, was started by Kim Scales.

In the future, Chapman said she hopes that the nonprofit can establish a summer camp for at-risk youth.

"This program is so important for those students who are in a gap between making it and not making it achievement-wise," she said.

Howard said she's happy to return to Alamance County to support this worthy cause.

"It's a fun show with a nice message," she added.

Tickets are $25 for VIP seating; $20 for general admission; and $10 for student admission (kindergarten through twelfth grade) and can be purchased at Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham, or by calling 336-226-4495 or at L&M Barber Shop, 905 Rauhut St., Burlington, or by calling 336-229-5628.