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  • They they go a-caroling

  • The Touch of Class Choir at Fort Osage High School has come up with a fundraiser that fits the holiday season.

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  • The Touch of Class Choir at Fort Osage High School has come up with a fundraiser that fits the holiday season.
    “This thought came to me as I was brainstorming on unique ways to fundraise that would be fun,” said Julie Ammons, director of the Touch of Class Choir. “It is also a way to share my talented students with the community.”
    The Touch of Class has organized a Christmas Caroling Fundraiser Dec. 18 and 22. The group will travel to Independence and Blue Springs and will accept specific requests for Christmas carols.
    Caroling actually began in Europe thousands of years ago when pagan songs were sung to celebrate the Winter Solstice. As time went on, those pagan songs were replaced with Christian ones and ultimately composers started to write Christmas carols. The word carol means to dance or is used to describe a song of joy and praise.
    Ammons said “hiring” the group is a great idea for holiday parties or visiting a residential care center or nursing home.
    The money raised with assist the Fort Osage High School Vocal Music Department with paying for local trips, competition fees for choral events and other classroom needs.
    “The students love Christmas music and singing a cappella in four-part harmony,” she said. “They have fun seeing the faces of people that they perform in front of too. Caroling spreads Christmas cheer.”
    In addition to the fundraiser, the Touch of Class has a busy caroling season this month with performances on the Country Club Plaza, at the Buckner Christmas Tree Lighting event Saturday and visiting church organizations, homes and businesses in Eastern Jackson County.
    “I want to show my students how the simple things really do matter. Many times we focus on material things,” she said. “I want them to see that true joy can come from sharing his/her God-given talents with others.”
    For more information abut the Touch of Class Christmas Caroling fundraiser, contact Ammons at 816-650-7059 or send an email to jammons@fortosage.net.

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