On Monday, May 6 at W.L. McLeod elementary kids joined with others across the country to sing and celebrate the gift of music.
This year’s song, “Is Somebody Singing”, was written and performed by the Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson and Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield. The song is about looking at Earth from space thus the name I.S.S. which also stands for International Space Station.
“We put an extra McLeod spin on our performance and sang in English, French, Carrier, Japanese and sign language.” said Libby Hart, principal of McLeod elementary. “The kids were investigating what countries were part of the International Space Station and there were just piles of other learning.”
Chris Hadfield has become somewhat of an internet sensation, he has posted many videos explaining how different things, such as water or sleeping, work in space.
The Music Monday Coalition for Music Education states that their goal is “to celebrate the galvanizing power of music in Canada and demonstrate how that power is rooted in school music programs.” The foundation is trying to impress on parents and administrators that music must be a key part of a child’s education.
This has been the third year that McLeod has participated in this event. “It’s become a bit of a tradition,” said Hart.