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Violin Wishes Lead to College Dreams

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) - To Sammie Kruger, just a dollar could mean one more text book she'll need or cafeteria meal she'll devour in her uncomfortably cramped dorm room this fall.

And this college-bound freshman is a musician, earning her tuition on the Corridor streets, with every stroke of her bow.

From markets to festivals, Sammie plays, and people listen.

"I have people that come up and they're like 'I saw you at this place or I saw you at this farmers market,'" Sammie says.

Anything from Disney favorites to rock ballads, you name it and Sammie will play it...

And although the *songs may change with the times, from her pre-kindergarten recitals to her tuition-raising days, it's always been Sammie, a violin, and her mom.

Acting at times as a conductor and other times a manager, Sammie's mom has been beside her for every performance whether it's on the street or on the stage.

"She's been playing since she was three," Diana Kruger says. "Her fingers just know where to go."

"Music has been with me for basically my whole life," Sammie says. "My advice is just to stick with it, because it's the one thing that's never going to leave you"

Sammie, though, is leaving - and she's taking her music with her.

In just a week, she'll head to the music Conservatory of Roosevelt University to major in violin performance.

And with just days left, and thousands of dollars left to raise, Sammie says she will gladly still take requests, but there is *one song, she will not play.

"Something about the song 'Rubber Ducky'," Diana says. "We don't know what we don't know why, she always cries."

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