West Palm Beach - His songs are unforgettable. Nat King Cole's twin daughters want his legacy to live on, though it's been 45 years since his death. The sisters are helping the music programs in South Florida public schools with their Nat King Cole Generation Hope organization. Timolin Cole said,
"The fact that the children are virtually art starved, not enough arts now in the school we feel that music is a universal language, it should be brought back into the forefront of the curriculum. It does so much for children's self-esteem."
Timolin and Casey Cole started the foundation two years ago, reaching out to 30 schools in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Timolin said the organization provides help where needed. "If it is instruments that they need we will get the funding for that. If it's music sheets, if they have a school that has a great chorus department they may need music sheets or music stands so whatever the needs are."
The sisters want to make a difference because of their father's musical talent. Casey Cole said, "He was such an icon and he meant so much to the world of music to so many people, so many generations and I think that when Timolin and I thought we really need to give back." The Cole sisters hope others in the community will financially help their vision. Casey said, "It's just great when we walk into a school and hear these 14 and 15 year olds high school students and they stand up and they are clapping and there are tears and we are thinking wow, what an impact that our father made."
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