A song for the children, by the children
More than 300 Loveland Middle School (LMS) Choir students gathered in the LMS Auditorium to be video recorded Wednesday, May 13. The song they performed was Lanbi konnen, a song in the Haitian Creole language that was produced by the Jean R. Cadet Restavek Organization.
“Mrs. Hillary Pecsok and her students in French classes at LMS have been working with this organization for the past five years in a variety of ways to help with the goal of ending child slavery in Haiti and around the world,” said Jill Stagg, LMS and Loveland Intermediate School director of vocal music. “Recently, Mr. Cadet has begun a project to spread his anti-slavery message by having children learn this song to help change the hearts and minds of those who have grown up with child slavery as part of the culture. Earlier this school year, he visited each of the choir classes at LMS to explain the song and to give the students an understanding of the difficulties children in these cultures face. He explained that if people in Haiti could see American children singing this song, it would very strongly influence their way of thinking.
“By learning this song and performing it on video, I hope the students have an understanding of their ability to help change the world even as one voice among many others. By taking the time to learn the song and perform it, they have shown that they see the struggles of other people and consider those people important enough to help change their situation. They now have awareness of what life can be like for children in slavery and, hopefully, a desire to help others less fortunate than they are.”
Click here to view the video the students produced.