Stadium Elementary has sing along for the season

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Joel Monaco, along with Michele Prokop, sang Christmas tunes at Stadium Elementary. Pictured, principal Michael Zoccali, near center, joined the students in the holiday cheer.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Joel Monaco sang Christmas songs with the students of Stadium Elementary. He used his guitar to add interesting qualities to the song, such as playing with the tempo of "Feliz Navidad."

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Michele Prokop helped Joel Monaco with the sing along by singing and operating the slide presentation on the projector which had the lyrics to the holiday songs Monaco sang.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.After the sing along, Santa visited the classrooms at Stadium Elementary. The classrooms held parties organized by the school's PTA. Pictured, Ms. Socie's classroom celebrated the holidays with Santa.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Stadium Drive Elementary had a sing along for the holidays on Dec. 21 before going on break. Pictured, Joel Monaco led the sing along while playing his guitar.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Stadium Drive Elementary continued the tradition of their holiday sing along at the school on Dec. 21.

Joel Monaco and Michele Prokop led the sing along. The pair work together with Boardman’s orchestra bands at Center Intermediate School, Glenwood Junior High and Boardman High School.

“Any time [the children] sing, it’s good,“ Monaco said, “And if they sing as a full group, that will encourage them to sing more on their own.“

All students in school from grades kindergarten to fourth grade gathered in the gymnasium for the sing along. Monaco stood in the front of the gymnasium. He had a projector screen with lyrics to the songs behind him. Prokop controlled the slides.

Monaco played upbeat versions of the Christmas songs on his guitar. He played with some of the songs to make them more interesting. Right from the start, he added a break in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and paused to sing it again, keeping the children waiting.

He used different tempos to sing “Feliz Navidad,“ going faster and faster with each verse. He taught the students scat singing by saying different syllables and having them repeat after him. Then, he went into “Deck the Halls“ for the “fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la“ section of the song.

After the sing along, the children went back to their classrooms for a party set up by the school’s PTA. Santa walked around to the all of the classrooms during the parties.

Each of Boardman’s four elementary schools had their own version of a sing along throughout the day. The sing along has been a long standing tradition at the schools.

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