West Point Elementary Choir sings at senior center

Published 6:30 pm Thursday, March 28, 2019

WEST POINT — The West Point Elementary School Character Chorus paid a visit to the West Point Active Life Center on Wednesday morning and got everyone into a happy mood for spring. They sang several upbeat songs and had the seniors smiling, tapping their feet, clapping and singing along with them.

Under the direction of Patty Dees, the chorus sang “We are the Very Best at WPES,” “It’s Gonna Start With Me,” “This Little Light of Mine” and the crowd-pleasing “Bunny Boogie” in celebration of the Easter season.

Fourth and fifth-grade students at West Point Elementary are selected for the Character Chorus based on such traits as honesty, integrity, taking on responsibility and setting good examples for the fellow students. They make frequent appearances at the Active Life Center and perform at other events such as the Troup County Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

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Fourth-grade members include Taylor Lopez, Chase Roberts, Nolan Trueblood, Caroline Butler, Monderious McFarland, Braylee Snell, Cayden Huff, Calie Martin, Kourtney Turner, Madaline Colson and Maycee Barnett.

The fifth graders are Lilly Davis, Ashton Jones, Aziyah Johnson, Taraji McClure, Xavien Heard, Karyse Smith, Ava Costly, Kaitlyn Smalley, Baylie Clark and Skylar Lopez.

In addition to the Active Life Center members, some family members of the students were present for the show.

“We thank you for what you have done all of your lives,” Dees said. “Thank you so much for having us. We appreciate you.”

“This Little Light of Mine” is a song the students performed during Black History Month. The gospel song was written in the 1920s by Harry Dixon Loes, who had attended the Moody Bible Institute. The song was later adopted by Civil Rights activists in the 1950s and 1960s and was one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s favorite songs for his many marches.

“Bunny Boogie” had the students swaying, crouching down and hopping like little bunny rabbits. The seniors loved it, and a few of them mimicked their movements.

“I’m proud of you guys!” Dees said at the end of the performance.

The students are looking forward to the Easter season, and before that their spring break. They will be out of school next week.