This year, the 7th grade music appreciation class, of the Leonard Middle School in Old Town has been working on a service-learning project, giving students the opportunity to learn about music and help others at the same time. They thought of many causes to support but eventually narrowed it down to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, who grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases.
Jim Christie, from the Make-Wish-Foundation, came to LMS to teach the class more about the organization, what they do, and how the class could help. “We decided to write a song that focuses on “stars” because they are the logo for Make-A-Wish and because wishing on stars represents hope. We talked about the strength and courage it takes to be a child living with a life-threatening disease,” said Shianne Priest, LMS, and Music Director.
The class used the Internet to find quotes and themes about stars that would work well as lyrics to a song. The class asked former LMS student, Lily Muscatell, currently at 9th grade student enrolled at John Bapts High school, to write a theme song.
With assistance from the class and a message of hope “Stars that Shine” was written by Lily Muscatell. “I wanted to write a song that anyone who is going through a difficult time can relate to.The point of the song is that even when dark nights and clouds block the stars, if you can just see beyond the clouds, the stars are still there shinning bright, even if you can see them. The song has been strength for me and I only hope it will offer hope to others, especially for young children battling a life threatening illness,” said Muscatell.
Student sound engineers at New England School of Communication volunteered their time at the recording studio at NESCOM, and provided the class a professionally recorded version of the song. Muscatell and the class offered the song to the foundation for promotional use, so the class learned about the process of how to copyright a song and are now in the process of completing the copyright.
Once the copyright is secured, the song will be given to Make-A-Wish Foundation, in hopes that thousands more people will hear our message. “We want many people to hear the song and think about how they can help or just be inspired by the message,” said Priest
The class is selling copies of the song on CD for $3 each throughout the month of May. All sales have to be made by June 3. Class members will be at businesses throughout the community to sell CD’s. CD’s can also be purchased at the Old Town YMCA. At the end of the year, all of the money earned from the sales of the CD’s will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
If you would like to purchase a CD, please contact Shianne Priest at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 827-3900.