Mrs. Decker and her choir students take time to pose for a group picture. (Not pictured - Iyanna Chavarria). Photos by Michael Schaaf

Salt River Elementary School Students Participate in East Valley Youth Chorus “Christmas Angels Sing All Around Us…”

By Yvonne Schaaf
Special for Au-Authm Action News

On Friday, December 14, eight Salt River Elementary School Students walked on stage at Sun Valley Community Church to join voices as part of the Youth Chorus in Valley Christian High School’s Fine Arts Department – Christmas Extravaganza.

This wonderful opportunity came about through Salt River Elementary School’s Music Teacher, Suzanne Decker. Her continuous effort in bringing quality musical education to our Elementary School is not new to Community members or her students. Mrs. Decker has worked hard to have our School recognized at not only local but state wide events.

So when the question was asked of her choir students, “Would you like to join this talented group of young people in a Christmas choir event?” Joseph Antone, Christopher Manuel, Sara Lee Montano, Johnathan Perez, Ava Schaaf, James Schaaf, Alaina Stacey and Iyanna Chavarria said “YES!”

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles took to the streets to get these students to Chandler/Gilbert for rehearsals. While it was somewhat trying, battling the evening rush hour traffic, everyone knew it would pay off.

Pay off it did! There was not a dry eye in the house when the Youth Chorus came on stage to join in singing “Christmas Angels,” a song made popular by Christian Artist, Michael W. Smith. With the Sandy Hook School incident fresh in our minds, it made us all that more thankful and blessed to listen to their sweet voices.

With family and friends gathering around after the show, Mrs. Decker thanked each student for being a part of the production. It was a great way to kick-off the Christmas season!

Thank you Joseph, Christopher, Sara Lee, Johnathan, Ava, James, Alaina and Iyanna for bringing us some Christmas spirit and also reminding us that Christmas angels are definitely all around us.

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