A West End elementary school is using cups to spread a musical message about anti-bullying.
All students of Sister MacNamara School (460 Sargent Ave.) are in the process of creating a music video project for the Winnipeg Police Association’s Cool 2 Be Kind campaign. They will be singing to the tune of the well-known pop song "Cups", from the hit 2012 movie Pitch Perfect, with their own lyrics.
The project began when Grade 5 teacher Angie Ferguson approached art teacher Brenna Bacchus to say she wanted to do something for the Cool 2 Be Kind campaign.
"I was browsing through YouTube videos one day and I came across the "Cups" song done by a school, and I thought, ‘what a group-building activity,’" Bacchus said.
Teacher-librarian Janet Ledger said the school then submitted a proposal to the Cool 2 Be Kind campaign.
"We received a $500 award to help us with the promotion of our song and video," Ledger said.
Bacchus, Ferguson, and Ferguson’s Grade 5 class became the muscle of the project. The Grade 5 students generated the lyrics in a couple of afternoons, and they are in charge of learning the actions to "Cups" and teaching it to the rest of the students.
"We’re going to get all the classes involved in some way," Bacchus said.
Aubrey Alegno, one of the students, learned the actions last year and was voted by many of her peers to be one of the most skilled with the cup.
"I like to do the ‘Cups’ song, and I like spreading kindness," Alegno said.
"I really like the rhythm of the song and I really like singing," a classmate, Susan Dang, said.
Bacchus said the video component of the video will consist of the students performing the song as well as shots of the students with whiteboards.
"There’s going to be two parts. One part is the kids performing the song, so there will be kids on piano, guitar, and on cups. We’re going to shoot footage of them across the school, passing the cups around the school," Bacchus explained. "The second part is going to consist of cutaway shots of kids holding whiteboards with messages about how bullying affects them."
Ledger said the final product is slated to be complete by the Day of Pink, International Day against Bullying, which is April 9 next year.
"There will be a school-wide assembly," Ledger said.
Teachers, students, and parents will be able to view the fruits of their labour, but there is a chance that everyone else might not be able to.