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Tuckahoe Elementary Students Sing National Anthem At Citi Field

The William E. Cottle Elementary School Chorus singing the national anthem at Citi Field.
The William E. Cottle Elementary School Chorus singing the national anthem at Citi Field. Photo Credit: Maria Bietsch
Tuckahoe elementary school students on the jumbotron at Citi Field.
Tuckahoe elementary school students on the jumbotron at Citi Field. Photo Credit: Maria Bietsch
The William E. Cottle Elementary School Chorus performing at Citi Field.
The William E. Cottle Elementary School Chorus performing at Citi Field. Photo Credit: Contributed

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - For the second straight season, the William E. Cottle Elementary School chorus took the trip from Tuckahoe to Citi Field to serenade a packed crowd  of rabid baseball fans at the home of the New York Mets.

Last week, hundreds of parents, teachers and administrators trekked from Tuckahoe down to Flushing, where members of the Cottle Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus sang the “Star Spangled Banner” before the Mets topped the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This isn’t the first time that the Cottle Chorus has been invited to kick off a Mets game. Last year, under the direction of music teachers Rachel Axelrod and Keiha Kim, more than 100 students performed in front of more than 22,000 fans in the stands.

In order to even be considered for a performance at Citi Field, Cottle teachers had to send a clip of the chorus performing as part of the Mets’ annual school group search. Additionally, the school was asked to sell a select number of tickets to the game.

Tuckahoe had a tremendous turnout at this years game, with nearly 1,000 tickets being sold to members of the community, where they sat in a reserved section.

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