So here I am, walking into a classroom in the middle of June assuming that the only thing on a kid's mind these days is summer vacation.  Wow, was I proven wrong again! Meet the virtuous 3rd graders from St. Thomas School in Delmar 

I say "virtuous" because that's what they wanted to write about.  You know -virtues that you should have like responsibility, perseverance, truthfulness and-uhh-I forgot the rest.  That's why they decided to do not only one song, but actually two to make sure we all remember these important character traits.

I was invited to Mrs. Harris' class, and we assembled in Mrs. Borrow's class (she's the music teacher).  In fact, being the virtuous virtuoso that she is, I thought it would be neat if she actually did the piano playing, especially since they had been working on the song "God Bless The USA" by Lee Greenwood and knew it cold.

Let's hear the original first via YouTube.


Now time for a little bit of  parody writing.  Here's the version these inventive children came up with.

mp3 version (right click to download and save)

But wait!  That's not all.  If you act now, you also get the "Virtue Rap" at no extra charge.

mp3 version (right click to download and save)

What a great class.  And special thanks to Darcy Micelli who arranged for me to visit this group and who also worked like a dog with great perseverance, responsibility, and determination to write the words on the overhead projector as we were putting it together.

Perhaps the biggest thanks of all however goes out to Hannaford Supermarkets for their continued sponsorship of this program.

If you'd like to hear other songs that kids have done over the past year or so, click here.