THE BRONX - More than 125 students at a Pelham Parkway school brought some holiday cheer to fellow classmates and parents through music.

Since September, students from pre-K to 12th grade have been fine-tuning their vocals and musical instruments in preparation of today's performance in the school's auditorium.

Ashley Adams, 17, has been performing in front of audiences since she was 8 years old. She says there is nothing else that she would rather do.

Many of the students at the school are blind, but say they don't consider it a disadvantage. In fact, they say it makes them proud of their achievements.

One student, Kalah Dolman, 16, says what makes her a strong singer is her hearing. She hopes one day that her vocal skills will land her a spot on the popular show "American Idol."

The New York State Institute of Special Education has been catering to the needs of visually impaired and mentally challenged students for more than a century.

For extended Pelham Pkwy. holiday performance, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.