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PS 22 Chorus raising money to sing at Inauguration

December 2, 2012 9:47:58 PM PST
It is an offer they couldn't refuse - the award-winning PS 22 school chorus was invited to sing at the presidential inauguration in January.

However, there is just one catch. They would have to pay their own way. Fundraising in their hard-hit Staten Island community is not so easy in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

PS 22 Choral Director Gregg Breinberg has been there every step of the way, leading the chorus at PS22. The 65 5th graders have performed a the Oscars, a Christmas tree lighting at the White House, and at this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade. However singing on the Mall on Inauguration Day will be a first.

"I can't believe all the experiences that have happened to these kids, and each is so unique and so special and this is 10 times that," said Breinberg.

The kids need to raise between 16 and 20 thousand dollars for the trip. They had brought in about $6,000 when Hurricane Sandy hit Staten Island particularly bad.

"Fundraising took a back seat because we were like, 'how are we going to ask people for money when we have to help our own right now?'" said Melissa Donath, PS 22 Principal.

"It kind of made it awkward for us to solicit funds for our case when there were so many people in need of things that are much more important than us getting to Washington," said Breinberg.

The kids raised thousands of dollars through an online concert at their school, but are now once again focusing on their goal - getting to Washington.

"That's what we're in the business about - to give kids an opportunity outside the four walls of the classroom," said Donath.

To help PS 22 with their funds to Washington, CLICK HERE.

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