Heathcote Elementary School fifth grader Rachel Bauman stood front and center among her about 65 classmates singing "This is where we grow. This is where we build what matters. This is where we build a bright tomorrow."
Bauman and her classmates were rehearsing the schools new anthem for their performance at Tuesday's annual Moving Up Day celebration, the traditional elementary school graduation ceremony in Scarsdale. The fifth grade Class of 2011 will be the first to sing the new Heathcote song, "We Are the Future of The World.
"I think the song is saying stuff that we think every day. We are the next generation," Bauman said of the anthem, written by her music teacher Katherine Bescherer this year.
Rachel's classmate, Axel Ahdritz, agreed.
"I think the song expresses the feeling of moving up. A new group of children move up and then they are the people running everything and then the next group takes over," said Ahdritz.
She said moving up means starting from the bottom again.
"You can always work yourself up. We have answered all the questions about Heathcote, she said. When we move up we will have new questions about the middle school and we will have to answer them too."
The determination Ahdritz showed to find answers, to grow and to become the "people running everything," is the message Bescherer intended when writing this song.
Bescherer said the song is about how wonderful Heathcote is and how what students learn there is the seed to help them grow. Students must be well educated, she said, because they are the worlds future and its hope.
"Make good choices that reflect the world. I like the idea of that being the chant in the song," said Bescherer. "I am imaging that down the road the students hear this song in their heads."
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