Every Child Counts students gave a performance at the Treasure Cay Community Center during the evening of March 22. They were accompanied to the venue by class-mates, teachers and parents and well-supported by the many spectators who attended, not only residents of Treasure Cay but also people from other parts of Abaco.
The fame of the musical talent of ECC students have reached well beyond Abaco, all the way to New Providence where one of the singers, Ronel Escarment, has won national awards.
Whether performing solo, in choirs or in the drum band, ECC students have demonstrated their musical talents in performances across the island.
Among other musical pieces, there was a beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah” by Ronel, Gia Adderley and Bliss Ferguson.
It was followed by an interpretation of “So Much to Thank For” by members of the school choir. The song was accompanied at the piano by Abby Lord, a volunteer from Maine who helped at the school during a few weeks.
A solo by Ronel with Abby at the piano of “You Raise Me Up” ended with a standing ovation. Before starting, Ronel who also acted as a MC, explained the sentimental meaning of the song for both him and Abby – who did not get to say a final goodbye to her grandmother.
Lyn Major, the school Director, thanked the audience for their support and announced the final performance by the Drum Band, a primal drum call, followed by a Junkanoo rush around the room.
People got caught into the rhythm, clapping their hands or beating the tempo with their feet, as the group of performers left the room to partake of refreshments served outside.
The raffle and door prizes were then called by Mary Gottlieb and Andrea Albury. Happy winners claimed many donated items. Outside tables offered for sale merchandise created at the school.
The concert was organized by Helga Sachno who is in charge of scheduling events for the Treasure Cay Community Center during the winter months.
The function, as a fund raiser for the school, was a success.