If you were a child or a human of the 80s in America, you absolutely grew to hate the well-intentioned song, “We Are The World,” which won Kidd Kraddick’s Battle of the Hits (held every Friday night on The Eagle, if I remember correctly; I was an infant, of course) no less than 900 times after its 1985 release. People could not get enough of it at first, but eventually, like all good pop music, the tune beat us down and became a parody of itself. (Yet made some amazing parodies possible — I’ll give it that).
However, the kids of Moss Haven Elementary’s Beta Club have breathed new life into the melody and, as if their music is not enough to win our hearts, they’ve made this precious, life-affirming video to go along with it.
And, because, yes, these children are the absolute best, they are doing this not for their own amusement — though they do seem to be having an awesome time — but for a meaningful purpose and the potential to positively impact people worldwide.
“The Moss Haven Elementary Beta Club is working on a special community service project focused on education about and fundraising for care related to the global Ebola health crisis,” according to a fundraising page, which explains that the project arose after Ebola went from being a foreign occurrence, happening on the other side of the world, to a very real threat that impacted our very neighborhood.
“In talking with friends and neighbors as well as absorbing the constant stream of news reports and social media commentary, it is apparent that Ebola in the U.S. and in our community directly causes fear, anxiety, stress, helplessness, anger and despair and brings up many related “what if” and “how” questions. Upon reflection, we asked ourselves what can we do to help? How can we impact this global crisis? Can we educate others about this devastating disease to lessen the fear it brings? How can we help fight Ebola?”
Their answer was the creation of the cover song and video, which they hope to use to raise $5,000 for Doctors Without Borders.