HAMBURG - Concert Choir students at Immaculata Academy surprised the rest of the school recently by paying tribute to the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims through song. After the scheduled Christmas play, members of the Concert Choir took their places on the stage, each holding a star with the name and age of a victim on them, and sang "What Do the Stars Do?" for the rest of the school.
Two sophomores, Emily and Katie Simon, came up with the idea.
"They came to me in the morning and pronounced, 'This is what we want to do today.' It was an incredibly moving event," said Kathleen Bassett, music director at the academy.
Immaculata Academy students sing in a tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary victims — pictured, from left: Sarah Bain, Abbey Smolinski and Anne Pivarunas.
In addition, letters have been written by entire class homerooms, as well as, individual students, faculty and staff to send to Newtown, Conn., to offer empathy and encouragement, along with pictures from the tribute and a DVD of the song performance.