In word and song, Craig's second grade students this week encouraged their classmates,
friends and family members to do their part to make the next chapter in American history a
great one this week. The students presented two special performances of the
musical, "Let's Hear it for America" on Wednesday, April 7, first in a
school-wide assembly and then for family and friends in the evening.
The classes of Sarah Conboy, Barbara Peek and Debra Robitaille spent weeks preparing for the musical. They worked closely with music teacher Theresa Fitzmaurice, who accompanied them on piano throughout the show.
In a post-performance interview, students talked about working as a team to tackle their lines, the movements and nerves, the latter mostly giving way to excitement as they took the stage.
Through several musical numbers and spoken word interludes, the show highlights our country's heritage as a nation of immigrants where anyone can rise to the top and everyone can make a difference.
"We may have another Amelia Earhart or Thomas Edison right here in our school, or maybe in your own class. They were just like you," students sing at one point.
And at another, they joined voices to remind the audience, "It's ordinary people working together who help shape our nation and make it great."