Traditionally, members of the Upper School’s Tri-M Honor Society and Music Club perform for veterans and their families at the American Legion Post #31 in South Miami during the Post’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. This year, for the first time in 50 years, that dinner was cancelled due to the pandemic, but Gulliver students were determined to find a way to give back.
They did so by writing letters of thanks to veterans and by donating two gift baskets full of Thanksgiving goods for the Post’s members. The Upper School’s Jazz Combo also recorded five pieces to bring the members some of the holiday cheer they are missing, and the recordings were distributed to the Post.
This act of service is a continuation of the Tri-M and Music Club’s dedication to using musical talent and passion to serve the community and bring music to others. The effort was coordinated by Caroline Isom ’22, Jason Fieler ’22, the Jazz Combo, Mrs. Samantha Taylor, and Dr. Rufus Jones. Caroline is a member of the American Legion Auxiliaries of the Post.
“The Gulliver music program and its organizations have always been committed to giving back to the school and greater community through acts of service, from performances to donations to dinners to show our gratitude for those who serve us,” Caroline said. “If there is one group of people who deserve our thanks and service, it’s our nation’s veterans; without their sacrifice and service, the Gulliver community and our freedoms would not be possible.
Service has always been an important part of a student’s time at Gulliver, and it is our job to find new ways to continue that despite circumstances like the pandemic. We hope it will remind the community about the great acts of service our veterans have done for us, particularly during this time where it is not so obvious, and encourage them to find new ways of continuing service to all communities in need, despite the pandemic.”
Tri-M and Music Club members plan to remain connected with the American Legion Post #31 throughout the holiday season, including providing access to the Virtual Performing Arts Holiday Concert which will take place on December 12.
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