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Grammy-nominated musician performs to a sea of red at Lawrence Avenue Elementary


POTSDAM — While it may have sounded like a party in the halls of Lawrence Avenue Elementary School earlier this week, it was actually a concert from Grammy-nominated children’s musician Red Grammer.

The concert would best be described as an interactive show featuring audience participation from the students and teachers, many of whom sang along and danced during most of the 50-minute set.

Songs included “Hello World,” a tune that taught students how to say “hello” in 20 different languages; “Down by the Sea,” which included improvised lyrics and dance movements created by students during the performance, and a song that paid tribute to the planet Earth.

Mr. Grammer told the students that if we were to move one planet closer to the sun, it would be 800 degrees, and if we were to move one planet farther away from the sun, the temperatures there drop to lower than minus 100 degrees at night.

“This planet is the one,” he said.

The show concluded with “The Barnyard Boogie,” another interactive song that featured children “bawking” along like a rooster throughout the tune.

Lawrence Avenue Principal Larry B. Jenne said this isn’t the first time Mr. Grammer has visited Potsdam.

“He was here five years ago, and it was the best assembly I’ve ever been a part of in my 30-plus years of teaching and being a principal,” he said. “It’s been a long winter and a hard year. We really needed something like this.”

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