Assemblies and Concerts
Singing, hand-clapping, toe-tapping and sign language are all part of this upbeat and inspirational concert that takes students on a journey to celebrate the Earth and the rich diversity of our global family. At the heart of this program is Ruth Pelham’s longtime experience as a peace advocate and community song leader, as well as her participation in national and international “peace through music” projects. This program features Ruth singing her original songs that teach students how to make a positive difference in the world, and be actively engaged in caring for our living Earth. Singing out about respect, compassion, understanding and cooperation, the “Under One Sky” program weaves character education, environmental awareness and social responsibility into a tapestry rich in hope and possibility. Grades Pre-K - 8
In these complex times when including each student in a loving circle of belonging is crucial to assuring the safety and well-being of our schools, this song-filled concert affirms that each of us can be kind and caring human beings at home, in school, and in our local and global communities. Based on Ruth Pelham’s original songs such as “Love is All Around,” “Each of Us Is Kind,” “The Meanies” and “Under One Sky,” students sing along about peace, friendship, compassion, kindness, inclusion, patience, and other character education themes. The “room for us all” theme embraces the heart of tolerance by teaching the value of diversity as a way of us benefiting from the richness of the human web of life. Grades K - 6
Central to this program is the idea that peacemaking can be accomplished in the home, school, neighborhood, community and world, and that lasting change is made possible through the everyday actions of ordinary people who live their lives with hope, conviction, compassion, and conscience. The songs performed in this concert reflect the spirit of peace and justice in the world, and highlight examples of children who have acted courageously as peacemakers in local or global settings. In addition to singing and leading students in song, Ruth shares her personal experiences and insights as an advocate for peace and justice at home and abroad.
Since the 1980’s, Ruth Pelham has worked with the Havasupai tribe who live in a small village nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. This powerful presentation integrates social studies, language arts, environmental awareness, peace education, and music, and features Ruth teaching students about the Tribe’s history and culture. Highlights of this program are the presentation of traditional and contemporary Havasupai songs plus a slide show depicting Havasupai life and customs as the Tribe struggles to survive the influences of modern technology and cultural domination. Central to the assembly is the song, “No Uranium Mining” which Ruth composed with 8th grade Havasupai students to help stop a uranium mine that currently is threatening their land and culture. Grades 2 - 8
While teaching lessons about peer pressure, self-esteem, the power of advertising, second-hand smoke, addiction, and health, Ruth sings songs to inspire students to not smoke and tells her personal story about making the bad choice to smoke and what steps she took to stop. Students join in singing Ruth’s original songs including “No, No, Not Me,” “A New Generation Alive,” and “The No Smoking Round” as they celebrate a world where health is valued over profits, and friendships are based on respect and concern rather than on peer pressure and negative influences. This presentation can be presented as an assembly, or be adapted as part of a “Tobacco Free” Day event. Grades K - 8