Students perform song For Sandy Hook
It's been a week now since tragedy struck at Sandy Hook Elementary School and many people across the nation are still dealing with all the emotions that surround it.
A group of students at Johnson County High School found a way to funnel their emotions into an original song written by their Spanish teacher.
They now want to share the song "20 Bright Stars" with the world.
Johnson County High School Spanish teacher Jennifer Gillenwater was hurt but inspired by the events of the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The inspiration led to the song "20 Bright Stars."
"I got the visualization of them being stars in heaven and that comforted me and the song once it was written brought me a lot of comfort and I hadn't planned on sharing it that much, I sang it in church on Sunday," she says.
And now she and her students are sharing it with the world on YouTube. It gave the students a chance to share their feelings.
Some even wrote about it. "When Ms. Gillenwater ask me to write the song I was really excited because I had already written part of a song," sophomore April Wolfe said.
The same chance to share feelings also came to the student musicians. "When you play it you don't think of it. It actually just has an enlightened feeling to you, makes those hard feelings, it gives you goosebumps when you play it," guitar player Michael Furchase said.
The 20 Bright Stars were made by students for each child killed at Sandy Hook. "Me and my friend, we cut out the names. We cut out little slips and we put all the kids names on each one of them and we glued them to the stars," junior Brooke Wilcox says.
The hope is that the song and their feelings will reach those families in Connecticut directly affected by the tragedy and others dealing with their feelings. "I hope the song, I think its going to mean a lot to those whoever sees it and the parents who watch it," says senior Alyssa Ringwald.
"I hope it just brings a lot of love and comfort, it's Christmas time, to everyone and very glad that I was sent the song," Gillenwater adds.
A good chance it came from those bright stars that the song talks about.
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