I generally don't get 'moved' by a story of goodwill. My feeling being you should at least try to be human once a day, The story of Beiber performing a closed concert for a Las Vegas elementary school really impressed me.
All that glitters in Vegas is not gold. Step away from the strip and you have extreme poverty just like any other major city. Talk show host Ellen DesGeneres had drawn attention to Whitney Elementary a while back. The school was just taken over by a principal who made a vow to help every family as long as they got their child to school every day. An attempt to secure the education to break the poverty circle.
The principal has done everything from providing kids beds, to eyeglasses to an onsite food pantry so the children can take home food for weekends. All solicited through donations and a 'wish list' on their website.
Enter Beiber who pledged$100,000.00 to the school and did much more. He showed up to perform a stripped down show on the school stage. A huge treat for the youngsters to have an idol so close and so personal. Beiber used the time to not only sing some hits and Christmas songs but to discuss his own younger days and his familys financial struggle. He explained how he remembers clearly going ot the food pantry just to get buy.
By doing this a big star not only did a bit of equalizing but showed you can get out of poverty with a little help and a lot of luck.
Children, so used to being disappointed were stunned that the event actually occurred
"He really came for us. I’m so glad that he really came for us,” said fourth-grader Kynedi Harris, holding a fluffy white stuffed dog picked from a truckload of toys Bieber distributed at his show.
“In a world where these kids live in that things are not always their own or they’re taken away,” school Principal Gahn said, “they gave them memories that no one can ever take.”
Publicity stunt or not, the event did what it was intended to do bring a little diversion to a tough world.
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