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Covert concert centers on Peace

Covert Avenue School student-musicians shared a message of kindness through music and poems during the school’s “Peace Is Possible” holiday concert on Dec. 18.

The concert celebrated the life of poet and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek (known as Mattie J.T. Stepanek), who suffered from a rare form of muscular dystrophy and passed away in 2004 at the age of 13. Throughout the show, choral students, band and orchestra students, and Pop Strings musicians performed wonderful holiday selections. They also read and sang Mattie’s words to highlight the importance of kindness and peace. Students, teachers and administrators also wore T-shirts that read, “Being peaceful is a choice…not being peaceful is a choice, too. Let’s make peace our choice,” a quote from Mattie.

In addition to sharing Mattie’s words at the show, Principal Mary Natoli said the school’s students raised money for the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation, which offers educational and recreational programs, activities and resources that support an understanding of peace for individuals around the world, and that encourage peacemaking as a deliberate choice. 

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  1. Covert Avenue students Bianca Rodriguez (foreground) and Kashi Nair performed along with the school’s orchestra.

Covert concert centers on Peace

2. Covert Avenue students Hailey Sethi and Nicholas Mavrovitis read one of Mattie’s poems during the show. Music teacher Sheryl Turk is also pictured.

Covert concert centers on Peace

3. Covert Avenue’s Pop Strings ensemble performed with music teacher Xavier Rodriguez.

Covert concert centers on Peace

4. Covert Avenue music teacher Sheryl Turk led choral students as they sang A variety of upbeat holiday tunes.

Covert concert centers on Peace