positive message to Harry Hoag students
“You need to have the thought in your mind
that each person has magic inside.”
So said magician/songwriter Jeff Blum during
an assembly at Harry Hoag Elementary school on Wednesday morning.
visited the school not only to share a positive message at the
assembly, but he also led three 30-minute workshops during the
afternoon where he and the students wrote and sang an original song
(using some of the themes from the assembly).
“When you are nice to people and compliment
them, they are nice to you,” he said in between magic trips during
“A bully is someone who treats you like you
don’t have magic inside. And when you bully someone, you try to make
them feel bad about themselves.”
During each of the workshops, Blum asked the
students for some key words to form the basis of the song (think
“magic,” “inside,” and “respect”) and wrote lyrics with lots of
suggestions from the students. When they finished the lyrics, Blum
played the songs with both guitar and drum accompaniments.
He even brought up a few students to sing
“Stand up for yourself and others and be the
one, take a stand and you’ll get the job done,” he sang during the
last workshop. “Respecting your friends can be so much fun.”