Hand chime choir rings in the holiday season with Broadalbin Senior Citizens

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B-P’s hand chime choir rang in the holiday season with a performance for the Broadalbin Senior Citizens on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The B-P Ringers traveled to the Broadalbin Presbyterian Church on Main Street to perform for the senior group. The Ringers are comprised of 30 fourth and fifth graders under the direction of music teacher Mary Rasefske and pre-k teacher Chrissy Plunkett.

“It’s such an honor to be part of the Ringers,” fifth grader Devon Oakden said. “I love it. It’s a good opportunity for me to get better at using musical instruments.”

Members of the senior group said they were thrilled to hear the students’ performance. They baked cookies for the children and served them punch.

“We were thrilled to have them here,” Judy Rosenweig said. She is the program director for the Broadalbin Senior Citizens. “We’ve been looking forward to it.”

Toni Hallenbeck, president of the seniors group, said these events are a great example of the importance of community partnerships and connections across younger and older generations.

“It’s important for young people to know that older people care about what they do,” she said. “And it’s important for us to realize that the children work hard for this. It doesn’t just happen. They have to practice and work for it.”

Plunkett said the students meet to practice on Fridays after school.

“They bring the enthusiasm, even after a long week,” Plunkett said. “This is a great enrichment experience for them. Playing a hand chime is really hard. They’re reading music, counting beats and ringing at the same time. It’s not easy, but they work so hard and I’m really proud of them.”

Special thanks to the Broadalbin-Perth PTO, the Education Foundation and community supporters who have provided the resources to make this extracurricular activity possible.