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Oak Harbor choir students brighten seniors’ holidays

Sixth-grade choir students Mya Brookshier, Kaitlyn Davidson, Tamara Plunkett, Gabe Gevedon, and in the back row,  Emma Kirk and James Dagger brighten seniors’ holidays with song.  - Rebecca Olson / Whidbey News-Times
Sixth-grade choir students Mya Brookshier, Kaitlyn Davidson, Tamara Plunkett, Gabe Gevedon, and in the back row, Emma Kirk and James Dagger brighten seniors’ holidays with song.
— image credit: Rebecca Olson / Whidbey News-Times

Cheerful singing filled the Oak Harbor Senior Center Monday as sixth-grade students from North Whidbey Middle School brought the holidays to life in song.

North Whidbey Middle School choral director Linda McLean used to take the seventh and eighth-grade choirs to sing for the seniors and is working to make this an annual event again. This was the first time she took the sixth-grade choir.

“It is nice for the kids to give back to the community,” McLean said.

Willa Roberts of the senior center smiled and clapped as the students sang.

“I look forward to being entertained by the young folks. It’s very beautiful,” Roberts said, adding that the students were quite disciplined.

“Some just sing their little hearts out -- or big hearts, I should say,” Roberts said, smiling.

After singing a few songs, students handed out lyrics to the audience for a sing-a-long. Seniors who said they hadn’t sang with a choir for years joined in “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

As the choir handed out candy canes afterward, Roberts stepped forward to thank the students for their time, energy and beautiful voices.

“You set off our season really nice,” Roberts said.

“I thought it was really fun coming to sing for the seniors here and that we could come and make the start of their season bright and cheery,” said student Jazmin Colby.

“It was really good,” said student Andrew Pierzchala, adding that it was great practice for their concert Dec. 14.

 

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