Who Do We Appreciate?

by Teresa Jennings

Here's a great and energetic way to say thanks or just let someone know they are appreciated. Part marching band song/part cheer, the rhythms and rhymes happen very naturally. We think your singers will pick this up quickly. The key to presentation is zest. Lots of enthusiasm, smiles, and energy will go a long way toward making your honoree(s) feel special.

To add to the excitement, let kids clap on beat 4 of each measure as indicated on the music. While we left the claps in for the duration, you can stop and start them for variety if you prefer.

If you really want to get into the spirit, have students march and/or do cheerleading steps while they perform. The marching could be an entrance that happens during the intro, marching in place or in a small area for the body of the song, and even exiting again. Cheerleading movement could be done by select dancers who actually know some moves, or you could put pom-poms in the hands of a few active kids and let them shake freely to the beat in a cheerleading fashion. Uniforms optional.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.