Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Tonight, Willa had her Spring vocal concert for school. Her school has 400+ kids in it, but these are the ones who came for the concert. Below is a video of the finale. It is shaky and blurry, but it's not the visual that matters. It's the strength and joy in their voices.
92% of the kids in her school qualify for free or reduced lunch. In order to make sure that they get food outside of school, a nonprofit organization brings them sack suppers for students to take home at the end of the day. Some of Willa's friends don't have winter boots, or books at home, or an adult who doesn't have to work 3 jobs to pay for rent. These are not faceless statistics. They're the kid next to my daughter in class, the ones she plays with at recess. The ones she talks about at home and talks to at school. They are her friends and classmates, and they are the kids in my neighborhood.
So, when these kids all took the stage, kindergartners in front, 5th graders on the risers, and they started singing this song, I cried. This song is so empowering and so hopeful. My wish for all of the kids on stage (and those who didn't make it tonight) is that they do, indeed, let it shine.