HES students honor history in song

Third-grade students at Haywood Elementary School pulled out all the stops to present a monumental Black History Month and Presidents’ Day Music Program on Thursday, February 16. Students took the stage in groups and sang a choreographed medley of songs honoring the occasion. Also joining the third graders were some second graders who are members of the school’s new Show Choir that was formed this year in an after-school program.

Some of the songs they sang were “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” Summertime,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “All of Me,” “America,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Proud Mary,” “Just My Imagination,” “How Sweet It Is,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” “RESPECT,” Michael Jackson medley, “I’ll Be There,” and “God Bless the Child.” The finale, which the entire group sang, was an astounding rendition of the “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson.

Directing the choral presentation was HES music teacher Patricia Gaietto. Stage designers were Roy Hawkins and Holly Siler.