Singing "Kumbaya" to build unity as a school?

Day 4 of blogging each day in June for the “Spilling Ink” Challenge

I remember working in a previous district where my principal joked about us all getting to gether to hold hands and sing “Kumbaya” to build unity. I thought he was nuts. Well, now I’m starting to reconsider…just not with singing “Kumbaya.” Before you laugh at me and click the x to close this page, please hear me out. This past week we have had two staff parties. The first one was to celebrate with two of our retiring teachers. One of our very talented teachers had written a personalized song for both of them that we all sang together. They were both touched to tears by the song and us singing it together. Today we had a luncheon to say goodbye to one of our secretaries that is leaving us. Again, that talented teacher wrote a song for her that we all sang together. It was during today’s song when I realized we were all singing together with smiles and tears in our eyes, how it really felt like we were one united team together celebrating the good times we’ve had together. I can’t think of any other time in the past two years in this school that I’ve felt that.
So, would getting together to hold hands and sing “Kumbaya” build unity in our staff? I don’t know, but I’m not going to suggest it because they will all think that I’ve lost my marbles!! But, I did ask that talented teacher to make a school song to go along with our school-wide theme for next year so we can sing it together as a school at each of our assemblies to build unity.

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