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Kindergarten Music Class Wins Grand Prize in Hand Washing Song Contest

Release Date: 3/2/2011 12:10:19 PM

Music teacher Rachel Morgan and kindergarten students at William Winchester Elementary School won the grand prize in the Lysol Blue Ribbon Classroom Hand Washing Song Contest. The contest was open to any classroom in grades PreK through 5 in any public or private school in the country. As the grand prize winner, the school will receive a $5,000 prize.
     
To enter the competition, the class and its teacher were asked to compose an original song about washing their hands and to make a video recording of students performing the piece. Over a two-week period, Ms. Morgan and the students collaborated to create lyrics and choreography for the song and rehearsed the video performance. Ms. Morgan composed the chorus of the song, created the instrumental accompaniment, and guided the students through the process of composing the lyrics for the two spoken verses in the song. They brainstormed reasons why they should wash their hands, listed rhyming words related to the topic and used them to create rhyming lines of text, edited their ideas, and voted for their favorite lines to include in the piece.
     
The William Winchester Elementary School video has been posted online with other winning entries at http://blogs.scholastic.com/lysol.

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