I work in a junior high school with children aged 12 – 15. Our students are always respectful when we bring visitors into the school and we are very lucky to be able to offer this to our students. In the past two weeks we have had two awesome presentations that I wanted to share with you.
The Watoto Children’s Choir
At the end of February our principal was able to book an amazing choir at the last minute. Performing at local churches the weekend before, the Watoto Children’s Choir agreed to add an event and sing for us. The show was amazing! I can’t believe how talented these children are and how much hard work they must put into their performance. I was so proud when I looked out over the gym and every student was engaged, participating and clapping along. Some students (and teachers) even got up to dance! Everyone left the assembly with a smile.
In 1984 Gary and Marilyn Skinner founded the Watoto church in Kampala, Uganda. In 1994, after seeing the devastation brought to a widow who had lost her husband and seven children to AIDS, Gary founded the Watoto Child Care Ministries. Starting with one house to create a home for a widow and several orphans to become a family, the organization quickly grew. From the Watoto Child Care Ministries the Watoto Children’s Choir was formed.
To find more information about the Watoto Children’s Choir please visit their website www.watoto.com. You can learn more about the church, book the choir for a performance, donate to the church or support them through their online store.
Here are a few videos I found on YouTube of the Watoto Children’s Choir.
Live Different with FM Reset
The Live Different presentation came to our school this week for the fourth year in a row. They have told us how respectful and engaged our children are and asked to come back this year. The staff and students look forward to the performance and it has moved me every year. Combining lights, music, and fun videos with a serious message and youth sharing their personal experiences, the children are entertained and interested. They share stories and messages that children can relate to and offer them support.
This year’s topic was ‘Fix the Focus: Choosing Empathy First’ and explained the meaning of empathy with examples the students could relate to and personal stories about changing your point of view about others. After the presentation the students could text to a number that would randomly give the students discussion questions to talk to classmates about over the next few days. Their website offers a chat feature to connect and ask questions about the performance.
The presentation also includes music from a band that can support the positive message. This year the band was FM Reset. They created a concert-like environment that involved the students, encouraging them to sing along. Here is a video of one of the songs FM Reset performed for us.
Live Different also participates in ‘Live Different Builds‘. This organization is made up of youth who travel to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Thailand to build houses for those in need. All youth are encouraged to join and you can learn more information or sign up through their website livedifferent.com/builds.
If you ever have the chance to see either one of these performances please take it. They are wonderful! Be sure to visit their websites and to watch them on YouTube. Have you seen any presentations you would like to share? What has been your favorite? What can you recommend?