NEW YORK (CBS 2) – After hitting the high notes in Hollywood, the fifth grade chorus at P.S. 22 in Staten Island was getting a happy homecoming, Kathryn Brown reports.
“I got some texts saying ‘Oh I saw you on TV. I’m so proud of you’!” said Elizabeth. “Yeah I’m really happy.”
“It was like, this was a dream, this can’t be happening in real life for a 10-year-old,” said Jala.
The group of 64 fifth graders was invited to sing at the Oscars Sunday night and they wowed the nation, belting out a harmonious version of “Over The Rainbow.”
John, another student, was simply stunned by the experience, saying ”10-year-old kids going to the Oscars, that’s just insane. That’s not even possible but we made it possible!”
“The best part about it was when everybody gave a standing ovation at the Oscars. I felt really happy,” said Mia.
The chorus captured Hollywood’s ear when YouTube videos of rehearsal sessions went viral.
“I like singing. That’s my thing,” said Elizabeth.
Last year the chorus sang at the White House. This year their venue was the Oscars. So what’s next?
“Who cares what’s next? You know what? If nothing else ever happens for these kids, they have learned the most valuable lesson that we could possibly teach them here at P.S. 22, and that is that with hard work, anything can happen,” said chorus director Gregg Breinberg.
For them, it’s just beginning.
While in California, the students also performed at Disneyland, did a photo shoot for Time Magazine, and sang with Katy Perry.