Talent show was fund raising great time

They sang, they danced . . . they raised money for a good cause.
The Student Council of Lindenwood’s P.S. 232 held its Second Annual Talent Show on Friday, January 28 – before a packed house — to benefit Feed the Children.
The evening of talent on display raised $955 – at a rate of $5 per family – for the non-profit relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to children and families.
According to its web site, “in fiscal year 2009, 92 percent of all expenditures went to program services (childcare, food, medical, disaster relief, and community development).”
Lisa Josephson, principal, explained that last year’s talent show raised $1,000 for the victims of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti that left hundreds of thousands dead and countless others homeless and injured.
But “this year the Student Council asked if we could keep the money in our country, since there are a lot of hungry in our own communities,” she said.
“This is not just a Student Council event, but an extension of the school experience here at P.S. 232,” said Fran Honan, teacher and supervisor of 6th, 7th and 8th grade Student Council. “The school stands strong academically, but it is also a school that feels the talents and creative strengths of all students are focused upon.”
The good-humored competition was between 6th, 7th and 8th graders, but the teachers also participated.
P.S. 232’s talented glee club belted out John Lennon’s “Imagine” and “Firework” by Katy Perry.
“They were really great,” said Josephson.
The show ended with a standing ovation.
“I hope that the talent show will be viewed not as a competition, but as a collaborative effort by a group of students to work together to make the world a more caring and compassionate place,” said Janelle Pichardo, president of the Student Council. She also said that she “hopes that P.S. 232 will make the talent show a tradition where students have fun working together and raise money and awareness.”

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