November 25, 2003
Haynes said, "The children have been so excited about performing."
Sam Soderstrom accompanied the voices while playing Jan Haynes' accordion which she played as a young child. Soderstrom's personal adult sized accordion broke earlier this year so Haynes loaned him her child sized accordion. Haynes added, "If anyone has an adult sized accordion they would like to donate to our music program at Houghtaling School it would be greatly appreciated."
The students passed out donuts and juice and visited with the elders. Haynes said, "It was a very special day for all, but especially for me."
Mary Daubersmith started the tradition of Houghtaling's first graders entertaining the Pioneers about sixteen years ago. Daubersmith, who recently retired, also attended the performance on Thursday.
"Albuquerque Turkey," "Bingo," "Over the River," "Itsy, Bitsy Spider," and "Grand Old Flag" are just a few songs the kids love to sing. Haynes said after the program, "All the way back to school the children were singing - and the one they sang the most was 'You're a Grand Old Flag.' It was very patriotic."