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Students at an East Bay elementary school are celebrating after being recognized by the White House. They were featured in a cool music video that debuted on YouTube Friday. (KGO-TV)

Students at an East Bay elementary school are celebrating after being recognized by the White House. They were featured in a cool music video that debuted on YouTube Friday.

It's a unique performance featuring superstars and students from across the country, including a classroom of kids from Burbank Elementary School in Hayward.

Anthony Rastellini says it was an experience he'll never forget. "You get to be free. You get to dance, you get to do a lot of new stuff I've never done before," Rastellini said.

Back in February, actor Tim Robbins visited Burbank as part of Turnaround Arts, a White House initiative that connects high-profile artist mentors with high-need, low-performing schools, all with the goal of integrating arts into the curriculum.

ABC7 News was there as a cameraman captured the students singing "Everyday People." Some of the clips were actually shown at the White House this week, a proud moment for the Hayward Unified School District.


"When the kids are smiling, they're engaged, they're performing, they can't wait to get to school, it's, this is what we need," said Hayward school board president Lisa Bruner.

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While the arts have played a role in the school's success, many say it's the teachers and staff who have made all the difference.

"They are here because of the students, and to see them go above and beyond, is truly a blessing," said Burbank Elementary School principal Irma Torres.

Students Friday will take to the stage one final time for their annual play, "The Jungle Book," something they've been rehearsing for months.

"You're on stage and you're like watching, seeing people smile, and just kind of like know that you're making people happy, makes me feel really good, said Burbank Elementary School Amanda Montes.

It's an exciting end to the school year for a group of extraordinary students.
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