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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • School musical presentation focuses on dreams, character

  • Students from Eisenhower Elementary School took to McPherson High School's stage Thursday to sing about their hopes for the future.
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  • Students from Eisenhower Elementary School took to McPherson High School's stage Thursday to sing about their hopes for the future.
    The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students sang and played instruments along to songs about achievement and goals.
    Cheryl Flaming, their music teacher, said the program is based on the district's C3 initiative.
    "The songs focus on what we're doing in the district — respect, failure leads to success, and so on," Flaming said.
    The program is titled "The Future is Ours" and features songs titled "Do the Good You Know," "There's a Class for That," and "The Future is Calling Us," as well as a slide show that accompanies the music.
    "My favorite is 'Do the Good You Know,'" Flaming said. "Sometimes we think people aren't making good choices, but deep down, they know what's right. They just need to do it."
    A popular song among the students is "The Future is Calling Us."
    "It's a really fun song," said Lillia Diggs, a fifth-grade student at Eisenhower. "It makes you want to dance."
    For Blade Einfeldt, a fourth-grader, dancing is what makes that song his favorite.
    "You get to do robot moves," Einfeldt said.
    Kori Courtney, another fourth-grader, said she likes a song called "There's a Class for That" about different kinds of subjects people can study.
    "I like the examples of classes," Courtney said.
    Tammy Purdy, a paraeducator at Eisenhower, said music is an important part of children's education.
    "It lets them express themselves," Purdy said. "Most kids seem to enjoy it. They love learning instruments."
    The instruments students use during the program include recorders, tambourines and iPads, which are used to mimic a variety of instruments.
    For fourth-grader Cara Hubenett, bringing joy to others is what makes the program worthwhile.
    "My favorite part is when we get the pitch just right," Hubenett said. "Our music teacher smiles at us."
    Flaming said she's had fun working with students this year, both as musicians and as people.
    "It's been a joy working with these kids," Flaming said. "We have some great singers, and they're so respectful."
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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