News Release: THREE PGCPS SCHOOLS RECEIVE GRANT FROM MACY’S TO PERFORM “YES, VIRGINIA THE MUSICAL”

November 28, 2012
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UPPER MARLBORO, MD – In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Macy’s holiday “Believe” campaign, the retailer is bringing the animated musical “Yes, Virginia The Musical” to life on school stages across the country. “Yes, Virginia The Musical” is based on a true story and tells the story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus. Mount Rainier Elementary, Yorktown Elementary, and Oxon Hill Middle are three of 100 schools across the country selected by Macy’s to receive a $1,000 grant. This grant will assist the schools with production costs to perform the musical.

Yorktown Elementary School will debut their production of “Yes, Virginia The Musical” on December 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. Admission is free for non-school age children; admission for students and adults is $3 and $5, respectively.  Mount Rainier Elementary School will perform "Yes Virginia The Musical" on December 18 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Mount Rainier performance. Donations will be accepted on site for future school musical productions and for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Oxon Hill Middle School will present their performance on December 6 and 7 at 7p.m.

“Yes, Virginia The Musical” is a new addition to Macy’s “Believe” campaign, which supports Make-A-Wish. The “Believe” program encourages children of all ages to drop their stamped letter to Santa at the red Santa Mail letterbox at their local Macy’s. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish, helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The students of Yorktown Elementary School will also join Macy’s on December 10 to perform select songs from the play for the Santa Bus Tour from 6-8 p.m. at Macy’s located in Montgomery Mall.

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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 209 schools and centers, more than 129,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.