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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Changing My Mind About Justin Bieber


I will never feel the same about this over-hypped kid.

 
[The Associated Press] LAS VEGAS — Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber is performing a private concert for an east Las Vegas elementary school.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal he did acountic sets in each elementary school classroom, talking with kids individually, while teenagers waited outside to catach a glimps of their heart throb.


Years ago I did volunteer work at that school, where the majority of the kids are homeless, many living in cars or tents. It moved me then and moves me now. -Art Lynch


Justin Bieber thrilled hundreds of underprivileged children yesterday when he performed at a private concert during a charitable visit to a Las Vegas school.
Students at low-income Whitney Elementary were ecstatic when the teen pop sensation took to the stage to sing songs from his Christmas album.
The 17-year-old's special appearance was filmed for The Ellen DeGeneres show. 


Charitable: Justin Bieber thrilled hundreds of underprivileged children yesterday, when he performed at a private concert during a charitable visit to their Las Vegas school
Charitable: Justin Bieber thrilled hundreds of underprivileged children yesterday, when he performed at a private concert during a charitable visit to their Las Vegas school

Two months ago he had pledged to donate $100,000 to the school's 650 student body and yesterday he handed over the check. 

He also treated the students, many who are homeless, to an additional $100,000 in Christmas gifts. 

Superstore Target also matched Bieber's generous pledge, donating an additional $100,000 to the struggling school.
A helping hand: Justin hands out toys to classmates during the visit
A helping hand: Justin hands out toys to classmates during the visit

The money will be used to support the children and their families in order to help keep the youths in school. 

At the event Bieber spoke of his own family's financial struggles growing up.
He told them about a particular incident, where his family were forced to visit a food bank.
Hero: The school's principal Sherrie Gahn shows her appreciation by giving the teen star a huge cuddle
Hero: The school's principal Sherrie Gahn shows her appreciation by giving the teen star a huge cuddle

During the concert Bieber sang acoustic versions of his Christmas tunes, and the children immediately leaped of their feet to dance along with the teenage star to his international hit, Baby. 

Students at the school were overjoyed that the young star had made good on his promise. 

Fourth grade student Kyendi Harris told the Huffington Post: 'He really came for us. I'm so glad that he really came for us,' 
JFlanked: Justin was flanked by many burly bodyguards upon arriving at the school
Flanked: Justin was flanked by many burly bodyguards upon arriving at the school

And Kiersten Umberger, 17  said she nearly broke down in tears when she saw Bieber.

'It was the best moment of my life,' she said. 

Another student said she would never wash her hand again after Bieber high-fived her.
Pearly whites: Justin flashed his best smile upon meeting the youths
Pearly whites: Justin flashed his best smile upon meeting the youths

The Whitney school, which has one of the highest population of homeless children in Nevada, first appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show in September. 

The institution helps underprivileged students by paying their family's bills, and providing them with clothes and food. 

During a typical school day, most classmates are given a free or heavily discounted lunch. 
Sealed with a kiss: Justin has just arrived back from Mexico, where he was on vacation with his girlfriend Selena Gomez for a friend's wedding in which Selena was the bridesmaid
Sealed with a kiss: Justin has just arrived back from Mexico, where he was on vacation with his girlfriend Selena Gomez for a friend's wedding in which Selena was the bridesmaid

The school's Principal Sherrie Gahn told DeGeneres that by helping out the families, it ensues that the children actually attend school. 

'I'll pay your electrical bill, your utilities, I'll give you food or clothes, whatever you need, as long as you give me your child and then help raise that child as a person of character,' she told the talk show host.

'My biggest motivator for the kids and the thought and the hope that they don't have to live in this existence when they grow up – that they break the cycle,' added Gahn.


Click here for a multi-media presentation of the visit from the Las Vegas Review Journal.


Click here for the full RJ Print Story and photos.