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October 9, 2012 > Young student wins Bieber tickets

Young student wins Bieber tickets

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Natalie Hughes, 7, a second-grader at Searles Elementary School in Union City, was the winner of the New Haven Schools Foundation's drawing for four box seats to a Justin Bieber concert. In addition to winning the tickets, Natalie was given a life-size Justin Bieber cardboard cutout. (Natalie attended the concert in Oakland on October 6.)

She had been particularly surprised and excited, when Foundation Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle told her the news, because her parents hadn't told her that they entered the drawing.

Shawn Hughes, Natalie's dad, had this to say, "Natalie was so surprised she was literally speechless. She did manage a thank you. The Justin cutout is now in our living room and is a big hit with Natalie and her friends. You can image how many pictures are being taken!"

Through the drawing, the Foundation raised $2,200 toward its pledge to donate $100,000 to the District's co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. If 100 people donate $100 each toward the goal, Foundation President Cindy O'Brien has announced she will contribute $1,000 to the cause. The deadline is October 15. More information is available on the Foundation's website

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