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Amanda Lamb: The language of hope

Posted April 28, 2013

Music moves us in ways that it’s often hard to quantify.

It helps us celebrate life and reminds us of days gone by. It can make us happy, bring a tear to our eyes, and sometimes it can be the language of hope. At least that’s what some middle schoolers from the Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic School in Apex believe.

WRAL first reported about these students back in November when we learned they were raising money and supplies for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. They decided to do this after they learned that one of their teachers, Tara Navarro, had family members who collectively lost more than 20 homes in Breezy Point New York.

Now, the students, along with Navarro’s help, are taking their fundraising efforts to the stage. They will be performing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at Pullen Park in Raleigh. They are calling their event Pullen’ Together For Breezy Point.

The concert is free, but students are hoping spectators will feel moved to make donations to the cause. They will also be raffling off great prizes throughout the evening's performances. Brooke Hatala

Students will be running the show — singing and playing a variety of instruments. Sixth grader Brooke Hatala who plays guitar and sings is one of the performers. Hatala, 11, often plays at local events and venues in the Triangle. She says she was motivated to participate in this concert because she felt so strongly about the victims after seeing the pictures of the devastation.

“I am so sad that people lost their homes and belongings. I cannot imagine what that would be like losing your home and everything in it, all that you know and that comforts you,” Hatala said.

With all of the chaos that has gone on in our country in recent weeks, it would be easy for us to forget the victims of Hurricane Sandy. It seems like it happened a lifetime ago, and there is always a new tragedy to focus on.

Let’s face it, we have a short attention span. But rest assured, long after many of us have forgotten Sandy’s victims the kids at STMM will continue to remember them with their actions and in their prayers.

Come support them this Saturday. Bring your family, your blanket, a picnic and the belief that music really is the language of hope.

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including three on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.

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  • bluebird1075 Apr 28, 2013

    I hope these kids have a great turnout! This event is something they should all be proud of! Good luck with the fundraising!!