Band Performs at City Hill for Scholarship Fund [VIDEO]

Students at Naugatuck's City Hill Middle School played music for money that will go toward a scholarship fund for a Newtown victim.


Four City Hill Middle School eighth-graders performed songs for their classmates as students walked into school this (Wednesday, Dec. 19) morning. They had a large bucket set up for monetary donations from students, teachers and staff, who placed dollar bills and spare change in the bucket before school. By the time the school bell rang, the large pretzel bucket was nearly filled.

The money will go toward a scholarship for principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a Naugatuck native. She was the great aunt of Tyler Suarez, eighth-grader and guitar player.

Suarez was on the strings Wednesday morning, while Michael Martinez played the clarinet, Omari Solomon played the trumpet and Zach Mathieu played drums.

Suarez's mother, MaryAnn (Cyr) Suarez, said she contacted Patch about the event to raise more awareness of the scholarship fund in honor of her aunt, who died trying to save children.

The scholarship will be given annually to a graduating Naugatuck High School senior planning to pursue a career in education. Read more about the scholarship and how to donate here.

It wasn't the only way in which City Hill students have been helping their community recently. 

Inside the school, students were wrapping up their annual holiday food drive. They had collected more than 1,000 food items for the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank and were expected more donations today, said eighth-grader Maya Torres, chief organizer. 

kristie zembruski December 19, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I'm so proud to be a City Hill parent.... Way to go CHMS!!!!
Paige Boucher December 19, 2012 at 06:41 PM
That's awesome! I knew Dawn Hochsprung when she was Prinicipal in Woodbury/Bethlehem! She was always all about the kids and I expected nothing less fom her when I heard what happened!
Naugy Alum 88 December 19, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Great job to the 4 talented musicians. This is what City Hill is all about.
Scott Slauson December 20, 2012 at 01:01 PM
All I can say is WOW! These students are not only very talented yet very admirable in what they did. This is not only a reflection on CHMS yet also in a community who supports and cares for others in troubling times.
Rocky Vitale December 20, 2012 at 09:10 PM
It's nice to see people who may have not known Dawn involved. Working with her in parent groups and having her over the house over the years, she is well served to have all of this being done for a fine woman. Great job!


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