The students of the Every Child Counts School performed a ‘Thank You’ concert for the many volunteers of the school on March 16 in their school’s quadrangle. This came on the heels of their two very successful fundraiser performances in Hope Town and Treasure Cay.
The performance at the school was very well attended by well-wishers and volunteers who greatly appreciated this special, condensed version put on especially for them. Mastermind behind all of these events was David DaLuca, renowned director and singer, who had put on hold his career in the United States for the second year in a row to volunteer his time in training these young students.
At the opening of the program he was proud to show off the superb state-of-the-art sound system being used that day which had been gifted to the school following its very successful performance in Hope Town.
“The other equipment was very old and rather babyish but this is the real stuff,” he stated and proudly added that the students had figured out how to put the entire system together themselves. “They worked really hard and did an amazing job on something which was very difficult for them.”
Several skits were performed along with songs featuring the school’s large show choir accompanied by the award winning drumming group and ECC Junkanoo dancers, all of whom performed with energy and enthusiasm and portrayed great enjoyment in what they were doing. Mr. DaLuca noted how difficult it is for the choir and the drum group to play together.
Mr. DaLuca introduced student Ronell Escarment as the musical pride of ECC.
“Ronell has been blessed with a most beautiful voice which he has worked hard on during the year and his voice has deepened and matured,” he stated. Ronell and David closed the program with a duet accompanied by both choirs. The duet, which was entitled, ‘Thankful,’ was particularly moving and was dedicated especially to the volunteers.
A new feature was ‘The Starlettes,’ a singing group of staff members.
During the program a young man, Liam Croft, was brought forward in order to be thanked by the school. Liam is a volunteer all the way from London, England, who has been assisting at the school for the past six months. He was presented with a gift of gratitude and gave an emotional reply saying that his experience at the school would have an everlasting impact on him as a person.
Lynn Major, Principal of the school, gave her traditional vote of thanks and told the volunteers that she found it difficult to know how to say thank you; “It takes all of you and all of us.” She also introduced Alicia, who attended the school as a student for six years and who had always had a desire to work with young children. “She is now a wonderful addition to the school’s staff,” Mrs. Major proudly stated.
David DaLuca, who had been working with the students for a couple of months preparing them for the concerts was due to leave the following day amidst much sadness among students and staff. He was presented with a gift of a very special T-shirt which had been signed by all of the kids in the music program which in fact was half the school.
He was told by Mrs. Major that hopefully next year he would get the other half.