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Kinsmen Telemiracle 38 will feature friendly, familiar faces from Swift Current

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Led by teacher Celia Hammerton, the Central School Choir will appear on Telemiracle 38.

It’s an impressive feat for the choir who was last at Telemiracle 36 in 2012. They also performed in 2007 and 2010.
The choir, made of Central students from grades 3-5, will perform the song Make A Difference which is appropriate for Telemiracle. There is definitely a reason for the song selections.
“I    to choose songs which have a message and are appropriate for Telemiracle,” explains Hammerton. “The essence of this song is that you can make a difference whether you are big or small.”
The Central School choir has been making a difference a lot. In fact this will be the fourth time Hammerton has taken a choir to Telemiracle in the nine years she has taught the students. She says learning about what Telemiracle is all about and the essence of the telethon is why she wants the choir to be part of it.
“From my point of view, this is what it’s all about: Telemiracle shows them about raising money for others,” explains Hammerton. “We work on understanding virtues at school and this does that. It’s good to take some money to get that experience (of giving). It’s a Saskatchewan thing; the money is staying in the province and for us at Central we know someone who personally benefitted from it.
“Obviously, it’s a neat experience to be on TV. Friends and family can watch them on TV. It adds another dimension to it. It’s a multi-faceted thing figuring out ways to earn money too. Plus, the competition aspect. It’s very competitive and you’re not always going to succeed. You always have to work your hardest to earn a spot and even you don’t always make it. The second time we tried, we didn’t make it and I thought the kids performed well. The kids were disappointed, I was disappointed, the parents were disappointed. When they choose performers there are so many factors going into it like talent, the regional representation they have, etc.”
The current choir practises once a week for 25 minutes with an occasional practice after school. There are 44 in the choir, but Hammerton says she’s expecting about 40 to be at theTelemiracle show.
The choir is full of the “veteran” Grade 5s with about 12 children. Hammerton says there are a lot of good leaders within those Grade 5s. In 2012 she had a lot of Grade 3 students who are more inexperienced and it makes things “a little busier.”
It’s going to be a busy school year for Hammerton.The choir is trying to raise money with a garage sale in January as well as the name the teddy bear contest prior to Telemiracle.
The choir recently performed at the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting last week and will also be part of the school celebrating the Centennial next year. There is the talent show to worry about with an added caveat of an alumni talent show as well.
It’s Hammerton’s ninth year at Central School teaching music and leading the choir. Previously, she taught in England for 25 years.
“It's great fun for me working with them,” she says. “You mentioned my passion for what I do and one of my hopes is that by sharing my passion of music with kids I will encourage them to enjoy music in their lives in the future. Music is a lifelong skill which can be enjoyed for many years to come and I hope that the students who sing in choir will maybe one day be singing in community choirs and groups.
Singing has many benefits and can make us feel better physically, emotionally and socially.
“I often compare music to sport. It has many similarities — most importantly it is fun and develops friendships. It also teaches important skills such as teamwork (working together to achieve goals), co-operation and responsibility and also creates opportunity and unity.”

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