Local elementary school students write inspiring song

Photo Credit: Rik Leaf

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Ecole Central School students had an opportunity to create a song that represents them at the start of the month.

Rik Leaf, who is a performer and producer, paid a visit to the school to help them come up with a song that involved over 300 students.

He explained in a post on his website what the project entailed.

“I just finished a powerful songwriting and storytelling project with a French Immersion school that I’m very excited to tell you about. I think it might inspire many of you teachers and administrators who would like to do something similar in your school.

The project involved five days of creative collaboration with over 300 students. In the week together we wrote and recorded an original song, filmed a live performance that included everyone in the school and had each class interpret the themes and values of the project through visual art and acting. We had a general assembly on Thursday, where we recorded the live performance elements for the video, Ecouter Notre Historie.”

Leaf said he didn’t come to the school with the song already written and come to the school specifically so the students could just sing the song that he wrote.

He says he started by asking questions to the students and staff about what the school is like, special moments that have happened. He said he wants to make sure the kids understand that ideas and suggestions they provide are valuable.

“For this project, the school wanted to develop the theme around eight values they had assigned to each class for the year. Things like empathy, cooperation, kindness and citizenship. So I asked students to explain in their words what these words meant.”

The video currently has over 4.7 thousand views on Facebook. You can view the video at: https://www.facebook.com/tribeofone/