Small singers make a big impact

Posted On June 2, 2015 By | No Comments on Small singers make a big impact

You may remember that we launched our #172vt campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the 172 homeless children in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties, in March.  The campaign was also a call to action for students in our community to get involved and stand in solidarity with their peers who may be quietly struggling with homelessness.  The Champlain Elementary School Choir took this call to heart.


On May 27th, the students hosted and performed a benefit concert for the #172vt campaign at The Spot in Burlington with the goal of raising $1,000, which is the average cost of preventing a family from becoming homeless.


“It meant a lot to them that they might be helping someone or a family in our very own school community without knowing it,” said Betsy Greene, the school’s choir instructor.  “Rehearsals were very focused as we got closer to performance. They knew what they were singing for.”

The students surpassed their goal, thanks in part to The Spot, who donated 10% of all sales from the day.

Shannon Lipkin, general manager of The Spot, was moved to participate and is thrilled with the successful outcome. “As a mother and as someone in the business community, you want to help,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine any child homeless. I was startled when I heard 172 homeless in Chittenden County. Proud,of the kids, parents and patrons for donating over $1,100!”

The current total is nearly $1,200 raised, with more donations still coming in.

The concert featured upbeat, inspiring tunes and songs borrowed from the Civil Rights Movement. Between singing songs for the packed house, individual students came to the microphone to share facts about homelessness and the work COTS does to find solutions to this increasing problem. The concert concluded with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” a crowd-pleaser with the message of perseverance and hope.


It was a spirited event that left guests inspired by the choir’s passion and dedication to the cause. Betsy Greene adds, “The students never once complained about the heat or singing in the sun or wanting to take a break (I really made them).  They were really proud and focused on what they were doing!  Raising money for COTS!”  The concert was a success in every sense of the word and, of course, very cute.

For more information and ideas for how students to get involved, visit or call Lori Goldman (Ext. 207) and we will send a speaker to your class or after-school club. We thank you for your support.

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