Making a Positive Impact Through Music

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Congratulations to South Woods Middle School student Sabrina Guo for her participation in the making of UNICEF’s official Universal Children’s Day video. Established by the United Nations in 1954 and recognized annually on Nov. 20, Universal Children’s Day is a day dedicated to promoting international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide and improving children’s welfare.

South Woods Principal Michelle Burget recently commended Sabrina over the school’s public-address system during ninth period. She performed the violin in the video as a member of the Joyous String Ensemble, a traveling musical group (unaffiliated with Syosset CSD) that has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and has performed at the White House Christmas tree lighting. The ensemble has performed at other events and venues around the world, including a trip to China last summer where they helped raise funds to provide a 14-year-old boy’s mother with a lifesaving procedure.

“It feels really good when you can use the power of music to help people and make a positive impact on those who are in need, one small step at a time,” said Sabrina, who attended the recording of the video in New York City and called it an uplifting moment that she will treasure for the rest of her life.

Ms. Burget is pictured congratulating Sabrina. The South Woods Middle School Action, Awareness and Acceptance Club has also been developing ways to extend the message of Universal Children’s Day beyond Nov. 20, which is also the date when the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

To see Sabrina performing in the video, go to:
She appears at the 0:46, 0:56 and 1:22 marks in the video.