Brave Students At Robbins Lane


TrulyBravePerforming a mashup of Cyndi Lauper’s song “True Colors” and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” students in Robbins Lane Elementary School’s chorus took part in a fundraising effort called Truly Brave.

“Chorus Cares,” Robbins Lane’s charity arm of the chorus, teamed up with their Student Council, under the direction of Robin Kleinman, to raise money for childhood cancer research.

News and talk show host Hoda Kotb, a cancer survivor, created the fundraiser on Her idea was to combine Lauper and Bareilles’ song, which have a similar tempo and key, create a music video, and post it on her fundraising website. The Truly Brave movement has helped to raise more than $500,000 for childhood cancer research.

Motivated to help, Robbins Lane teacher Dr. Catherine da Silva decided to teach it to her chorus and place the song in the lineup of their spring concert on May 14. The chorus performed the song during the school’s daytime showcase held in the Robbins Lane gymnasium on May 12. The showcase also featured student musicians in the band, orchestra and jazz band. Chorus Cares and the Student Council helped raise $2,000 for the cause.


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Steve Mosco, former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

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