Gabriel Herrera has never had a Slushy thrown in his face.
The 17-year-old star running back and wrestler at Florin High School says he's encountered some razzing from other athletes for being in the school choir, but it's all good natured.
It's nothing like the kind of face-splashing the choir kids endure on the hit television sitcom "Glee."
Acceptance may be tough at "Glee's fictional William McKinley High School, but at Florin High in Sacramento, choirs are popular. The program has grown from 24 students to 130 in three years and performances draw 400 to 500 people, said Don Ross, the principal. Kids even transfer from other schools to participate, he said.
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School choirs throughout the nation are prospering of late, and choir directors are singing the praises of an unlikely ally: network TV.
"I'll tell you what is boosting this thing," said Mark Cerutti, director of secondary education for the Elk Grove Unified School District. "It's 'Glee.' "
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