Help the P.S. 22 chorus go to Washington, D.C. (video)

These insanely talented Staten Island fifth graders have been invited to perform at the presidential inauguration—but first, they need your help!

  • Photo: Lisa Kochman

    The P.S. 22 Chorus

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    The P.S. 22 Chorus performing with Carrie Underwood at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ

  • Photo: Scott Vollweiler

    The P.S. 22 Chorus performs with Phillip Phillips

Photo: Lisa Kochman

The P.S. 22 Chorus

The members of the P.S. 22 Chorus have a much wider sphere of influence than your typical fifth graders. Under the leadership of director Gregg "Mr. B" Breinberg, these kids from Graniteville, Staten Island, have become grade-school YouTube sensations. They've sung with everyone from Stevie Nicks and Sinéad O’Connor to Passion Pit and Katy Perry, and have performed at the Academy Awards, the White House, on Sesame Street and, most recently, at the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The group has been invited (via a tweet from Chuck Schumer) to sing at its biggest gig yet: President Obama’s inauguration on January 21. The costs, however, are prohibitive; the 64-member chorus needs around $20,000 to cover the trip to D.C.

They’d raised about $6,000 when Hurricane Sandy hit in October, which took a devastating toll on Staten Island. The choir redirected its attention to drumming up funds to help the community recover, performing an online concert with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips that brought in more than $15,000 for the Red Cross and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The choir is struggling to reach its financial goal in time for the trip to Washington, and every little bit counts. To pitch in, visit the P.S. 22 Chorus’s Fund for Public Schools donation page. If you need any added proof of the group’s awesomeness, check out this video of the choir rehearsing Matisyahu’s “One Day” when Time Out New York Kids paid a visit to the school in 2010. How can you say no to those faces?