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News Release

THREE PGCPS SCHOOLS RECEIVE GRANT FROM MACY’S TO PERFORM “YES, VIRGINIA THE MUSICAL”
November 28, 2012
For Immediate Release
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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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About PGCPS: Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is one on the nation’s 25 largest school districts, with 208 schools and centers, more than 127,000 students, and nearly 22,800 employees. With an annual budget of $1.79 billion, the district serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban, and rural communities. PGCPS offers a wide variety of innovative academic programs, including language immersion, high school career academies, and dual enrollment. Its location just outside of Washington, D.C. enables the district to partner with higher education and local and national agencies and businesses to provide unique learning opportunities for students.