Different groups performed music all day at the Play-a-thon for Rulindo on May 26.
High-school chamber groups played “Music-To-Exit-Cars-By” on the curb as students arrived at school from 8-8:20 a.m.
Throughout the day, the lower-school grades hosted talent shows, pre-K students danced and drummed with Fenix (a performance group), and a string group, a jazz group and a conglomerate Megaband all performed.
Students were serenaded by “Music-To-Get-In-Your-Car-By” as they were picked up from 3:10-3:45 p.m..
The day of music ended at 5:15 p.m. with an ASE instrumental recital.
Donations will be used primarily to buy livestock for the poorest students in the Rulindo schools. The goal was to raise enough money for 100 hogs, which cost about $25 each.
Other donations will hopefully cover lunch fees, paved classroom floors, latrine maintenance, broken water-tank repairs and an outdoor basketball court.
Pre-K students dance along with drummers from Fenix, a performance troupe focusing on dance and drumming from West Africa, the Congo and the Caribbean. (Photo by Kevin Huang)
Pre-K students drum and dance from noon-12:20 p.m. with Fenix. (Photo by Kevin Huang)
Fifth graders sell earrings, duct-tape bow ties and other crafts lower schoolers made to support the students at the Rulindo schools. (Photo by Chardonnay Needler)
The Jazz Jam elective members, including eighth grader Lucas Fishman, teacher Richard Day, eighth grader Donghwan Park, band director Bob Ratcliff and seventh grader Allie Bogetich, perform from 12:20-12:40 p.m. (Photo by Kevin Huang)
Director Bob Ratcliff leads the Megaband, composed of current lower-, middle- and high-school students, alumni, parents and faculty. (Photo by Atsuo Chiu)
The Megaband plays from 1:15-1:55. (Photo by Atsuo Chiu)
— By Zoë Bowlus
For further reading:
See how the ukeleles Country Day donated to one of the Rulindo schools are put to use, and learn about music teacher Elena Bennett’s summer experience visiting Rwanda.