Fugett Middle School Students Sing to Fight Hunger During COVID-19
Students at Fugett Middle School haven't let the COVID - 19 quarantine prevent them from staying connected and supporting their community.
Members of the Fugett Chorale share their talents in the virtual world to raise money for the Chester County Food Bank and fight hunger in the community.
Matt Hill, choir director at Fugett Middle School, was inspired to launch "The Connected Project - Singing to Feed our Community," during the COVID-19 shutdown.
"I struggled with how to make meaning during this crisis, both for my students and me. We're performers and creative people, so to have that in-person interaction taken away with our ability to sing together was really devastating," said Hill.
Hill brainstormed several ideas and ultimately decided his students could use their voices for good to bring in needed funds to help support the community.
"I realized that the Fugett Chorale had already been working on what I felt was the perfect song before the pandemic - Brian Tate's "Connected." The lyrics talk about how everyone is more similar and intertwined than they might have previously considered, and how we need to care for one another."
The students recorded their audio parts using an application called BandLab and then they gathered through Zoom to film the video.
Hill set a fundraising goal of $900. So far, they've raised nearly $650. All donations are tax-deductible and go back into the community.
According to Alex Evenson from Philabundance, a non-profit organization that provides supplies to foodbanks in the Philadelphia area, since the pandemic hit, they have seen a 60% increase in need across their agency network, including Chester County.