Windsor school to perform ‘Yes, Virginia’

Published 9:30 pm Saturday, December 8, 2012

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Macy’s holiday “Believe” campaign, the retailer is bringing the beloved “Yes, Virginia” animated special to life on school stages across the country.

Macy’s has made the script and score available royalty-free to all schools and has introduced a school grant opportunity to help schools stage productions of “Yes, Virginia.”

A total of $100,000 was awarded for 100 schools across the country, and Windsor Elementary School is the only school in Virginia to receive a $1, 000 grant for participation. Windsor Elementary School will welcome the holiday season with special performances on Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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“Today’s generation is sometimes very isolated with their smartphones and technology devices to where they can become completely satisfied with little community involvement,” said Windsor Elementary School music teacher Kathryn Owens. “Macy’s produced this play so kids could fall in love with the arts — that is, taking the opportunity to be part of something greater than yourself through song, dance and drama. Our students have risen to the challenge, so I am very pleased with their progress in staging this musical.”

“Yes, Virginia” is based on a true story and tells the heartwarming tale of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897, inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus. The musical is an exciting new addition to Macy’s beloved “Believe” campaign, which supports Make-A-Wish and encourages children of all ages to drop their stamped letter to Santa at the red Santa Mail letterbox at their local Macy’s. Windsor Elementary students will also be creating letters to deliver to Macy’s to support the program. All letters dropped off at the Windsor Elementary Library will be delivered to Macy’s at Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News by Dec. 18, and Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each letter received.

“We are thrilled to provide “Yes, Virginia” royalty-free to schools across the country this holiday season,” said Bill Schermerhorn, vice president/creative director for Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group. “In a time when funding is often cut for creative programs, Macy’s wanted to support art and music as another extension of our Believe campaign, created to inspire goodwill and generosity during the holiday season and beyond.”

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