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Sandy Hook Kids at Super Bowl: The World Watches

The Sandy Hook Elementary Chorus performed alongside Jennifer Hudson at the Super Bowl as part of Sunday's pregame.

 

With the world tuned in, Sandy Hook Elementary Schools students took center stage.

The children of Sandy Hook Elementary Chorus sang "America the Beautiful," taking the lead on the first verse and sharing duties on the rest of the song with Jennifer Hudson, the Academy Award-winning star of Dreamgirls and "American Idol" finalist.

26 students sang at the Super Bowl -- a number chosen to reflect the 26 lives lost in the shootings, according to officials.

The performance came in a prime position at the pre-game show, just before Alicia Keys's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." And across the country and at home, thousands shared their reactions.

"I'm so moved," said one commenter on Newtown Patch's Facebook page. "To hear the angelic voices of these innocent children sing such a beautiful song is enough to make me bawl."

"We all looked at each other in the room with tears in our eyes," said another.

Newtown mom February 04, 2013 at 12:10 PM
So proud of our precious little ones!!
Bob Attanasio February 04, 2013 at 12:13 PM
The kids were AMAZING!
Donna Monteleone Randle February 04, 2013 at 03:39 PM
They were marvelous! Loved watching them all sing while watching their teacher - Maryrose Kristopik - Sandy Hook music teacher! She is an amazing lady who inspires and energizes all her pupils. God bless them all! Wishing you all a safe journey home.
Kristin February 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Yes, the kids were terrific, but so were the others. I understand your comment, but whether you live in Sandy Hook or another part of Newtown this have effected all of us living in this beautiful town. I do not believe that any of our residents are opportunists....it's so sad to see that you feel otherwise.
Old Saybrook Mel February 04, 2013 at 06:59 PM
SH Dad: My girlfriend and I were among the millions who wept with you at the sight and sound of your children singing at the Super Bowl. We cried for the lost children, for their parents, and for a town that will forever be linked to a tragedy beyond human comprehension. I might just suggest that you appreciate how those who invite groups to events like the Giants and GMA show may be unaware of the precise credentials of those they invite or who propose invitation to them. And that around every tragic event there are those who take publicity advantage of associations that can be very thin. Many organizations started by grieving parents and communities, like MADD, get exploited by everyone from religious groups to insurance companies. Although those coat-tailers can be annoying to those at a tragedy's ground zero, one needs to be focused on what I hope are the twin goals of all: 1) to make sure the forces and objects that took those beautiful children from us are - as much as humanly possible - rendered powerless to strike again, and b) to make sure that the parents who lost children know - not just for the moment, but into the years ahead - that we will remember them and their children each time we hug our kids.
Tom Joad February 04, 2013 at 08:55 PM
SH Dad: To refer to these children as opportunistic is cynical and mean spirited. The group of kids who sang at MSG may not all have been Sandy Hook School students in the building on December 14, they are all part of the Newtown community. Even if they went to another school in town, they still are affected and know some of the victims. Their friends are not limited to only children in there school. A cynic might also label you as opportunistic-Do you call yourself SH Dad to elicit sympathy? I don't think so, but some might. Of course I am assuming that SH stands for Sandy Hook in this case and not So Hateful.
Richard Hooker February 04, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Anyone who brings in a negative aspect of this tragedy by saying we have opportunistic kids, obviously does not know the depth of pain we feel, and I pray they never do.
Old Saybrook Mel February 04, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Can we please all respect each other here? No more attacks, PLEASE. The subject is the grief we all share for the loss of our children - and they are all "our" children, because but for the grace of God, it could have happened anywhere in CT or the nation, and we could be where those poor parents are. The purpose of these comments was to express our support for the children and their parents who sang at the Super Bowl, reminding us so touchingly of just what we all lost on December 14. Let's not attack each other for comments subject to misinterpretation.
Mooditude February 05, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Regardless of where you live in Newtown, most everyone knew someone suffering loss directly, and the children you call opportunistic are undoubtedly all suffering with this on some level. While going to a Giant's game is not going to help me grieve, I can bet it helped some of those kids. This event has thrown this entire community into unparalleled grief, I wish that you could see that!
Joe February 05, 2013 at 12:45 AM
To be fair, what I meant was their parents were opportunistic. The kids just go where they're brought, none of it is their fault and I shouldn't have written it that way. But I'm not mean-spirited nor am I attacking anyone. I dive to SHS everyday and say goodbye to my baby everyday in Monroe. I know plenty about pain, probably more than anyone should. I don't need a lecture. I stayed home for the Giants game because we were told we could only get two tickets and I see photographs of people whooping it up who don't/didn't go to the school, who's kids don't/didn't go to the school, etc. I know teachers who wanted additional tickets and 'couldn't get them'. Maybe it makes me a bad guy to believe some people are using this tragedy to advance their little lives.....Maybe I need therapy like everybody else. I guess I turned into a cynic on Dec. 14th.
Robin February 05, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Wow. Unreal. Some kids from HOM and MG felt good about being a part of a song that will bring ongoing program to ALL of the famlies of Newtown. It is people like you who are divisive and do nothing to unite us and move us forward. With regard to the Super Bowl you are mistaken. These were NOT all surviving sibling. If the NFL were to have "gotten it right" they would have invited the actual surviving siblings. You are a bitter person and I would wager that now that you know this fact you will question their intent as well.
Joe February 05, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Thanks Tom, great reply. Your colors are proudly worn.
Rick Jones February 05, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Didn't get to see it live, but I was able to view the full tape on the LA Times site. It was simply awesome. It is amazing to scan the web and see the many super positive reactions from such places as LA, Cleveland, Minneapolis, etc. You kids were really the stars of the whole show and touched the whole country and beyond. Congrats to you and your families and community who supported you. You make all of us in the area proud. A neighbor in Brookfield.
MJ February 05, 2013 at 05:09 AM
The children of SHS was the "Best Part" of the Super Bowl! I was so touched as everyone else! The children are true to the Amercian Spirit & have a full badge of courage. Peace to everyone, any child wanting to sing & stand up for what they believe is right & should..."bringing a rainbow of love" for all of us. It's at any location in the sky. God Bless all God's children & God Bless the adults as well. A neighbor in NC. Beautifully done. ;-)
MJ February 05, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Thank YOU Davis for the very good, postive & uplifting article! We are all Newtown, CT... USA proud of the children. Peace 2 all. ;-)
Joe February 05, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Of course they weren't all surviving siblings, that's not what I said. The kids were appropriately picked for the Super Bowl. I've maintained that all along. But if you don't think there are adults climbing aboard you are naive.

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