A Song to Celebrate Our Humanity

Joy and Hope? EL Education Kids Bring it Home!

This music video was composed, rehearsed, and performed by EL Education students during the covid-19 crisis while in physical isolation. It was made in two weeks in order to celebrate Better World Day, a day on which EL Education students contribute to their communities. The students accomplished this while also doing distance learning and in some cases helping siblings and working at essential jobs. This could not have been possible without the families who supported their children’s creative contributions while quarantined. This collaborative effort to bring joy, give gratitude, and offer comfort during a time of crisis is an example of the EL Education community doing more than we think possible. Even when apart, we’re going to make the world better. 

Make the World Better

Featuring Thirty-Four Student Musicians from Eleven Schools in Seven States:

Charlotte Bowder – Songwriter, Keys, Vocals
Luthando Mngqibisa – Vocals
Emanuel Kratc – Bass
Eliza MacCleod – Flute
Holden Van Etten – Electric Guitar
Halim Moldaver – Cello
Simon Hale – Alto Sax
Uther Dadaleares – Drums
Ella Ferguson – Violin
Krishna – Viola
Kaylan Colon – Bucket drum
G’shauni C. Woodard – Bucket drum
Esairon Stuckey – Bucket drum
Lakia S. Adams – Bucket drum
Mekhi Barton – Bucket drum
Denym – Beatbox
Haylee Faye – Scissors
Murphy Klassen – Scissors
Audrina – Scissors
Emma Smith – Grater
Lucas Smith – Spoons
Henry Loring-Shenk – Spoons
Shea – Pot and spoon
Cecilia Horne- Spoons
Lily Horne- Whisk
Zahara – Claps
Gabriel Vargas – Claps
Medina Rogers – Claps
Alejandro Torres – Claps
Gaiden – Claps
Jordan S. – Claps
Savanna Moorer – Claps
M’aiana – Tahitian Toere
Sydney Pitzer- Sign Language

More Credits:

Music Production by Sean Brennan

Animal Collaborators – Oreo, Maui, Jasper, & Max (No animals were harmed in the production of this video.)

Eleven EL Education Public Schools Involved:

Casco Bay High School (in collaboration with Portland Arts and Technology High School) in Portland, ME

Conway Elementary School in Escondido, CA

Polaris Charter Academy in Chicago, IL

Metropolitan School of Expeditionary Learning in Queens, NY

Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in NY, NY

Launch Charter School in Brooklyn, NY

Arbor Vitae Woodruff Elementary School in Arbor-Vitae, WI

Joe Shoemaker Elementary School in Denver, CO

Silverton Elementary School in Silverton, CO

Odyssey School of Denver, CO

Amana Academy in Alpharetta, GA

Production Team:

Rosa Gaia, Sean Brennan, Katie Schneider

Music Instruction:

Victoria Stubbs, Mandolyn Barrymore


We’d love to hear how this fantastic burst of talent and joy touched your hearts? We at UPLIFT are blown away at how creativity cannot be confined. Please leave your comments below. And may this youthful joy be a bright light blessing to millions all around the world. Share Share Share …

Much love to you all,
Team Uplift

BY EL Education



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Jim McMahon
4 years ago

You make us happy!
How did you get everybody in perfect unison over the internet?

4 years ago

So wonderful to see and hear these lovely young people.
Keep up the great work.

Eileen Sarasohn
4 years ago

This lifted that oppressive gray cloud from my heart! Thank you so much.

4 years ago

Loved it

juanita viala
4 years ago

beautiful people making beautiful music together, i am uplifted by it.

Sherri Edwards
4 years ago

Absolutely awesome! That made my day. Bless all of those precious souls.

4 years ago

So beautiful…thank-you so much for lifting my spirits!

Natali Anam Àire
4 years ago


Ana Vergara
4 years ago

Beautiful performance, i enjoy it so much! Congratulations!

Jean Price
4 years ago

WOW! !am blown away by their ability to use their talents to connect…to each other and to the world! I pray their message and their spirit will seep across this country and beyond…and will truly encourage all of us to work to come out of this better than ever!! Bless them!!

4 years ago

Beautiful. Thank thank you all

4 years ago

Beautiful, gentle and uplifting! So much talent. Thanks for sharing your special talents.

Loretta Bani
4 years ago

Absolutely magnificent – lift the heart

Joy Youngs
4 years ago

What an uplifting and beautiful message in this song! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world!!!

4 years ago

Well done all who played and sang. Delightful and loved joining in with the rhythm!

Barbara K
4 years ago

Love this so much. Thank you all ♥️

Suma Josson
4 years ago

The song by the EL Education children is too good.

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