Newtown, Conn. Children To Be Featured At Grammy Awards

NEWTOWN, Conn. (February 5, 2013)--Children from Newtown who recently recorded a version of "Over the Rainbow" will be featured as part of the Grammy Awards broadcast, Newtown Music Project producer Tim Hayes said.

Hayes said American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will do a live segment via satellite with the children for Sunday's red-carpet programming.

He said the children will be interviewed by Seacrest and interact live with Carly Rae Jepson, perhaps doing some of her hit, "Call Me Maybe."

He says the children recorded the song made famous by "The Wizard of Oz" because they wanted to help the town heal from the tragedy.

The proceeds from downloads of the single benefit the Newtown Youth Academy, a nonprofit sports center that opened free programs to Newtown children after the shooting.

Meanwhile the White House said Tuesday presidential medals will be awarded posthumously to the six people who died protecting the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

A White House official said the four teachers and two administrators killed in the Dec. 14 shooting will be among the recipients of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal.

The official spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the award recipients have not been officially announced.

The awards are to be presented to the families of the victims at a White House ceremony on Feb. 15.

The medal honors Americans who have performed "exemplary deeds of service" for their country or fellow citizens.

Principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach and teachers Rachel D'Avino, Lauren Rousseau, Anne Marie Murphy and Victoria Soto were killed along with 20 first-graders.

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