2017-11-11 / Featured

Students offer a musical tribute

By Anna Fletcher
Courier-Times Staff Writer


Fourth- and fifth-graders from North Elementary performed to a large crowd during a dress rehearsal for Tuesday night’s Veterans Day program. 
ANNA FLETCHER | courier-times Fourth- and fifth-graders from North Elementary performed to a large crowd during a dress rehearsal for Tuesday night’s Veterans Day program. ANNA FLETCHER | courier-times The gym at North Elementary School filled with patriotic music Tuesday night, as fourth- and fifthgraders honored U.S. military service members through a special Veterans Day program.

Music teacher Beth Gilliam put the show together, which consisted of spoken words by the students and several patriotic songs.

Students performed traditional anthems like The Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America, as well as some new numbers like We Are Thankful For Our Veterans and an armed forces medley, during which students invited veterans to stand when their military branch was mentioned.

The students wore red, white and blue and took turns speaking patriotic lines into the microphone.

During their rendition of America the Beautiful, the performers raised colored paper plates up in the air to form a large American flag.

“The kids have been working hard,” Gilliam said. “We’ve been practicing since the end of September.”

25 veterans RSVP’d to come to the event, she says.

Cupcakes, soda and water were provided as refreshments.

And though the musical was lighthearted and fun, Gilliam said she wanted the students to understand the gravity of its meaning.

“I wanted to do this Veteran’s Day community project so that they could see that they can use music as their gift to the community and to really honor the veterans,” she said. “It was very important for me to do this so that they can understand why they should be thankful and how to give back to the community.”

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