Today the teenage group from South High School met with the Unison Project (people who live at the Commons of Buckingham) and the Harmony Project members.
I approached the building, and saw all the teenagers congregated outside. A Unison Project member was outside with them. “I wanted to feel all that energy,” she said. I know what she meant. If you haven’t been around kids for a while , it’s nice to feel their enthusiasm.
City Year, a college group that works with the students, was in attendance. They explained that they are assigned schools, and help out the kids with mentoring, tutoring, and all those good things.
David Brown, our director, ushered us inside where all the adults were congregated.The kids had a couple of pieces of Donato’s Pizza. (Some things never change, kids and pizza is one of them.) They came up in an orderly fashion, and were extremely polite.
The kids made a circle around us, and sang the song they are singing in our concerts December 19, and 20th. There is nothing like the sound of kids singing in harmony. Take my word for it, you won’t want to miss them at The Southern Theater. I think they are going to bring the house down.
A few of the kids explained what they were doing at South High School to prepare for the concert. The ones who spoke were very poised. It includes singing and talking about the same things that Harmony Project talks about. Sharing with each other, and giving back These might be old ideas, but they work. David Brown, had them repeat “we’re paying back.”
The rest of us sang our song to them. They gave us a rousing reception.
David asked some of the members of the Unison Project to talk to the kids.One person told them not to give up, and that education is so important. Another member told them not to let anyone tell them “they can’t do anything, and to reach for the stars.” Member of the Unison Project are people who have worked their way out of homelessness or very tough circumstances. That is a true testament of people who aren’t afraid to make new lives for themselves and want to pass on their knowledge to the younger
He had the kids come up to all of the adults, and introduce themselves. They all followed directions, and were so friendly and engaging.
All in all it was a very inspiring afternoon. Going and singing with the Unison Project is one of my favorite things to do.
All the adults left, and the kids went on to decorate Buckingham Commons, where a great Thanksgiving Celebration is going to take place on Thanksgiving Day. All the members of the Harmony Project want to help, and there will be no shortage of servers or guests.
Everyone starts feeling charitable this time of year. I am proud that The Harmony Project does it all year round.
You can still get tickets for our performance December 19 and 20. Don’t miss a great show! You can get tickets through Capa or me!
- What happens at a Harmony Project rehearsal? Another Harmony Project post (joyat60.wordpress.com)