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Teacher Cries When Middle School Kids Sing for Him and Husband-to-Be

Christopher Landis

Students from Hingham Middle School in Massachusetts sang a moving version of "All You Need Is Love" to their choir director and his fiance.

Earlier this month, middle school students in Hingham, Mass., surprised a teacher at the rehearsal dinner for his wedding to his now-husband with a rousing version of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love." Hingham Public Schools posted the video of the students serenading their teacher Christopher Landis and his fiance, Joe Michienzie, who are visibly choked up by the show of support. Now the video has gone viral with over a million views.

Prior to the students surprising him with a song at his rehearsal dinner, Landis referred to Michienzie as his "friend" when speaking about him to his students, he told Inside Edition.

"It just hit me here that I always referred to him [Joe] as my friend because I wasn't sure how the kids would take it or the parents," Landis told Inside Edition. "I felt like when the kids came to sing they were basically saying, It's OK. We know who Joe is. So now I say, 'Joe, my husband.'"

But it was a pair of moms of Hingham Middle School students, Joy Foraste and Margit Foley, who organized the surprise song for their children's 43-year-old choir teacher.

"He's the best teacher, and he's got this great energy, and he makes every school function fun," Foraste told The New York Times. "We thought, wouldn't it be awesome to do something for his wedding?"

The women said they hoped they'd get at least 15 students to participate, but in the end, 50 kids showed up and rehearsed secretly for four Sundays in a row.

"As a middle school teacher, I see students struggling so much with trying to figure out who they are," Landis told the Times. "Some of the students singing have inner struggles, and things I know about going on at home. I was so glad they were there, feeling the love in the room and knowing everything's going to be OK, that things do work out."

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Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.