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Their performance begins with the soothing sound of bells.

Later, one of the singers does a solo. Stepping out of her comfort zone, she says.

The Strive Choraleers are individuals with developmental disabilities.

They are from Prophetstown, Illinois, singing and using music as a means to bring joy and entertainment to people they meet.

Strive stands for socialization, training, rehabilitation, independence, vocation, and education. They practice weekly, putting aside their disabilities and forgetting about their wheelchairs.

James Taylor is one of the Choraleers. He says there is always somebody who is worse off. Take advantage, he says, of trying to make someone else’s day better.

Nancy Cummings is the director. She is bright, bubbly, and enthusiastic. Nancy organized the group five years ago.

Playing the guitar, Nancy says she also treats music as therapy. Helping students with their vocalization.

Recently, the Strive Choraleers performed for adults at the ARC of the Quad Cities Area in Rock Island.

Eleven performers. The message is in their music. Smile, be happy, and face the challenges which come your way.

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