The Los Angeles City Council proclaimed Wednesday, Oct. 4 as Mark Twain Bell Ringer Day in honor of the Venice Mark Twain Middle School students that performed in the London Olympics.
The 7th and 8th graders, under the guidance of Mark Twain Music Director Ron Theile, fundraised over $100,000 for the trip and performed at several venues including Hyde Park, Olympic Park and Southwest Park in London.
“Hard work pays off,” said Theile during the proclamation ceremony at City Hall. “This is the best day of my life.”
Councilman Bill Rosendahl helped the school raise monies for the 20 students and chaperones for the London trip.
“Their discipline, focus and achievement make these ringers an inspiration to all of Los Angeles,” said Rosendahl. ”I am so proud of these kids.”
After the City Council presentation on Wednesday, the Mark Twain students were given a tour of City Hall, and then the group performed the song Amazing Grace, dedicating it to Rosendahl, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.