On Wednesday, the PS22 Chorus of 2013 was treated to a visit from the incredibly talented (and equally gracious) lead singer of CREED, Scott Stapp! Scott was in awe of our fifth graders and in one of the most inspiring moments of the collaboration, said to the kids, "I relate to you guys so much, you have no idea." Later on he added, "I'm so very proud of every one of you, and hope that you will allow me to come back." It was obvious that Scott felt right at home, saying multiple times how he just didn't ever want to leave! But we all made the most of the time we had, performing acoustic renditions of two incredible songs together -- the first was "Pray For Sunrise," a new song that comes as a free download with the purchase of Scott's new autobiography. The second was the Grammy-winning CREED song, "With Arms Wide Open!" You can check out both of the extraordinary performances below!
Biggest thanks to Scott Stapp for making time for us and making our kids feel so special! Also thanks to his wife Jaclyn (children's books author and former Miss New York 2004) for her wonderful positivity, Heather Taylor for arranging the visit, Scott Vollweiler for pointing Heather in our direction and for capturing the event with his stunning photography (seen on this post), Mr. Eberle for his fantastic guitar accompaniment, former 2012 chorus member Daniel-san for stopping by and joining in on the bongos, Mrs. Panzella for her amazing photos (the title pic of this post and two more below!), and Ms. Lisa for filming the performances so beautifully! Check out more of Scott's and Mrs. Panzella's pics below!