Sixteen students representing Dan McCarty Middle School chorus recently joined their voices with other middle school singers to participate in Music in Our Schools Concert. The event was held at the Fenn Center. Each year, elementary middle and high school band and chorus students come together to rehearse, perform, and promote music advocacy in St. Lucie County. Dan McCarty students included Graceline Jean Baptiste, Latracia Washington, Jaquicia Green, Jahari Bethea, Daijah Greene, Shekinah Hyman, Britney Eliassaint, Alisha Aldona, Desire Creel, Laura Williams, Qudalupe Moreno, Christine Michaud, Francesca St. Tellien, Alana Jones, Janicia Larcher, and Krishnan Valdes. The Dan McCarty Middle School Chorus is directed by Dr. Rolanda A. Jones.
West Gate K8’s second annual Community Walk for Autism Speaks was a huge success! Over 1,500 community members came out to bring awareness to a condition that affects 1 in 62 children. The event featured West Gate’s former student Mozart Sobrinho performing his song, “Stay with You.” The family fun walk also included bounce houses, DJ Calvo, face painting, information on services for people with autism, and more. Five other schools formed teams to participate in the walk and West Gate alone collected over $1010.00. Along with the St. Lucie County Firefighters, West Gate’s walk for Autism Speaks raised $18, 850.00 online and $8,364.97 at the walk.
Making an event like this a success is no easy task and we’d like to recognize the West Gate teachers and staff who worked hard to make this possible. From left to right: Sherry Petrino, Jessica McLaughlin, Lisa Landis, Shequita Merelus, Valentina Whyte and Mozart Sobrinho coordinated the event at Tradition Square for the second year.