High school students make spoof video pleading for new chairs

High school students make spoof video pleading for new chairs
In the video, a girl is shown on the floor after falling out of a collapsing chair, sighing, as if not surprised by the debacle.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond's Open High has reached their fundraising goal of $6,000 for 200 new classroom chairs.

This comes after the school created a video pleading for help purchasing the chairs.

The video spoofs what students say is a reality for them - falling out of broken chairs or getting cut from pieces sticking out others.

The video, titled "Save My Seat," shows students working in class, with the eerie sound of a creaky chair in the background.

Cue a loud "crash."

A girl is then shown on the floor after falling out of a collapsing chair, sighing, as if not surprised by the debacle.

"Help us replace 200 broken chairs at Open High" then appears on the screen.

Students are shown next to taped up chairs asking, "How can our youth support the future, if these chairs can't even support us?"

"A lot of them had cracks in them. I know I had a friend who was sitting up one day, and their pants just got ripped," said Leigh Salvucci, an Open High School student who appeared in the video.

An after-school theater group at the school called Stage Write teamed up with the Cadence Theater Company to write, perform and produce the parody video.

"We will continue to accept and encourage donations - any additional funds will be used toward another project aimed at improving the student environment, technology and learning experience at Open High," organizers said.

"We know firsthand the problems that the school is facing," said Darren Lage, another student who starred in the video. "We sit in these chairs. We've always known that we've needed to get these chairs done. And we're lucky to have a great student body that's always ready to jump at an idea."

The fundraiser comes as Richmond City Council just passed a restaurant meals tax to raise money for a massive school facilities overhaul. The exact construction plans are still being hashed out between the school board and the mayor's education compact team.

A proposed cigarette tax is also on the table to help funds city schools with things like dilapidated chairs.

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