Sunnyside Shines on the CP Telethon - WBAY

Sunnyside Shines on the CP Telethon

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This weekend marks the 60th annual CP Telethon on WBAY-TV, and a fourth- and fifth-grade choir from Pulaski can't wait to help mark the milestone.

Since 2000, Sunnyside Elementary students have poured their talents and hearts into helping to make the telethon such a success.

This year, since the first of January, the music room at Sunnyside Elementary School has been extra busy.

"Every Tuesday we come here at 7:30 and we go until 8:30, and we keep practicing the songs over and over again so we can memorize them," fifth-grader Presley Biwer said.

This Sunday marks the 14th year Christie Nimmer's students have performed in the CP Telethon.

"It's a motivator," Nimmer said. "A lot of people want to join so they can go to the telethon every single year. I mean, we do a lot of other things throughout the year, but this is the big event they get to be in and they enjoy and don't want to miss out."

While performing may be the fun part, it's the fund-raising the students do the week before the telethon that drives them. They make phone calls to family and friends and even pitch in themselves.

"I used by birthday money last year, actually," fifth-grader Madison Ness said. "I had a birthday party and asked people instead of presents, for them to bring a check for the CP Center."

Over the years, Sunnyside Elementary has raised more than $30,000.

"It's just amazing what one person can do, going to the next," Presley said.

As for their appearance this Sunday morning, they're ready -- again proving some of life's best lessons take place outside the classroom.

"As they become adults, they're going to want to continue to give in various ways, whether it be through the CP Telethon or just helping others in need," principal Erik Olson said.

"At the end of the day I tell myself that I did something good for somebody and that I'm helping somebody in a good way," Madison said.

The telethon begins Saturday night at 8 and continues throughout the day Sunday until 6 P.M. You can watch it live on WBAY-TV 2 or over the Internet on WBAY.com on PCs or mobile devices.

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