Choir focuses performance on fighting bullying _lowres

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- The McKinley Middle Magnet School's choir celebrates National Bullying Prevention month with a musical performance for their parents on Friday. Director Dana Todd Lux said the three classes of sixth- and seventh-graders in beginning choir had a lot of fun learning the choreography and songs.

Ninety beginning choir students performed a medley of songs Friday morning focusing on the ways students can help each other and prevent incidents of bullying in school.

“It happens with this age group, especially on the Internet,” said choir Director Dana Todd Lux, who worked with the sixth- and seventh-grade students at McKinley Middle Magnet. School

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the songs, along with some scripted lines between songs, followed an anti-bullying theme for the annual concert, Lux said.

“I’m very proud of them,” Lux said. “These are three separate classes of beginning choir, so they have been practicing separately, during their own class times. They practiced together once before the concert. I think they did a fantastic job.”

Choir, she said, gives students a chance to learn how to work together and to put much of their basic education to work, she said.

“Music is math, it’s science, it’s history,” she said, and it gives them a chances to express their creative sides.

After the concert, parents were escorted back to the cafeteria by their children and ate brunch.