Gardner Sound Choir Shares Holiday Spirit

Gardner Sound Choir Shares Holiday Spirit
Posted on 12/13/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Gardner Sound Choir Shares Holiday Spirit

The 35-student Gardner Sound Choir delivered holiday cheer via music and hand-written cards last week to residents of the Lake Hamilton Rehab. Gardner Music Teacher Mrs. Paula Bettis organized the visit as a stop on their way to perform at the Arkansas State Capitol. Students chose favorite songs including “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth” for the appreciative crowd who - to the surprise of students - sang along with them. Mrs. Bettis worked with other Gardner teachers to include handwritten Christmas cards from multiple classrooms. Students delivered cards in hopes of also bringing comfort and holiday spirit to residents that could not watch the performance.


“These kind of experiences are the best way to teach our students about kindness and empathy. With support from Principal Newborn, I am excited to see opportunities to deliver these lessons during direct interaction with our community,” said Mrs. Bettis. In all, 75 cards were delivered to the facility. Teachers encouraged students to begin messages with greetings like “hello friend,” so that they felt like they were designing cards that brought company and comfort to those that may not have either. Some students used the activity to talk about their own experiences with loneliness and loss.


Mrs. Bettis connected the trip to a general need for students to understand the importance of taking care of each other and being passionate about what they do best, saying “Everyone has a talent, and we enjoy projects like this that allow us to show students how to embrace the many ways we can all contribute. Some students would rather sing, others would rather write, and others would rather color or draw. The point is, all of their efforts brought comfort to residents at the Lake Hamilton Rehab. We all have something to share, and we can all make this world a better place.”


Learn more about the #HSSD Gardner STEM Magnet School, here.