Friday, May 11, 2012

Collington Square Students Perform for School Board

Collington Square Students and Teachers Perform for School Board

On April 24, 2012 Collington Square Elementary/Middle School's resource team attended the Baltimore City School Board Meeting  with  four middle grades students: Jaichaun Diggs, Shandierra  Trafton, Sky Keller, and Stasia Johns. The students performed Collington Square's school song, “One Day," which was written by instrumental music teacher Mr. Soto.

The girls did an outstanding job of singing the school song. They were accompanied by Mr. Soto on acoustic guitar and Mr. Dorsey on electric guitar.

Before the performance began, Board Chair Neil Duke joked: "I'm noting that you've given us the lyrics, but I'm supposing that's not an invitation for this Board to join along in the chorus."

When Collington Visual Arts Teacher Laura Bevacqua invited the Board to sing along, Mr. Duke replied: "Our instruments are very fragile."

During the performance, the school board members enjoyed a slide show of all the wonderful programming the resource team provides for students to build self-esteem and get them moving in the right direction with the arts. The board members clearly enjoyed the performance - singing along, tapping their feet, and moving with the music.

"I can honestly say in the six or so years I've been on this Board, I don't think I've ever been so serenaded at a  public meeting," said Mr. Duke.

"The bar is very high now for any other singing groups who come before this Board"

Board Commissioner Tina Hike-Hubbard also expressed her enjoyment of the performance: "I just want to say thank you. That was amazing. I love to see your school pride that you have... So, thank you for having the courage. You all are so nervous but you sound so beautiful that I just thank you for the courage to come and stand here and sing. Thank you."

- Laura Bevacqua

View a video of the student presentation at:

In the video player, select the video entitled: Art Programs - 4-24-2012 School Board Meeting