December 13, 2011
Juli Davies leads the Julia Randall Elementary school choir at one of the twice-a-week rehearsals.
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JRE offers children chance to sing and play
The voices emerging from the Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) school library rise and fall with the sweetness of youth. “Come on give me more!” directs Juli Davies, JRE music teacher, hands waving with intensity. The children respond by belting out the “Jingle Bells” chorus with more volume and emotion. Twice a week Davies teaches singing to students at JRE. Because the district has clustered all third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students into one school, administrators support two days of music a week — and Davies is thrilled. “We have 50 children in chorus and 50 in band. We (the music teachers) came up with a plan to have students choose band, chorus or study hall. The teachers bought into it,” said Davies.