In an effort to take a stand against bullying, students from the William Paca Middle School choral department have teamed up to enter the “I Have a Voice” national singing competition sponsored by Hasbro and No Bully, a non-profit organization that focuses on compassion to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying worldwide. The ensemble included students from the mixed chorus, boys’ chorus and girls’ chorus under the direction of their teachers Michelle Seifert, Kaitlin Albus and Leanna Ozman.
“Students have pledged to carry forth the message of inclusion, anti-bullying, and using their voices to make a difference in the world,” said Ms. Seifert, who has worked on this project since November. She added that students from William Ashton’s class and Stephanie Wiwczar’s Future Teacher’s Club assisted by creating anti-bullying posters and artwork for the video.
This competition is an expansion of the Hasbro’s “BE FEARLESS, BE KIND” philanthropic initiative, which empowers children to have empathy, compassion and courage to stand up for others, be inclusive throughout their lives, and know that they have the ability to make a difference in the world. The winning school, which will be selected on March 1, 2019, will have the opportunity to host a special concert by Wé McDonald, a finalist on Season 11 of NBC’s The Voice.
Please enjoy William Paca Middle School’s performance of “I Have a Voice” in the video below!
“I Have a Voice” is from the musical, Song of Bernadette, with music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Robert Lerner. The single is available on iTunes and at www.BroadwayRecords.com. The music and lyrics have been reproduced by permission of No Bully and Broadway Records. To learn about about No Bully’s mission to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying worldwide, please visit www.nobully.org.