The ongoing dispute between the provincial government and the province’s teachers has resulted in many Christmas and seasonal activities being cancelled; however, children from Pictou Elementary School got to sing their songs afterall.
Rather than a school-sanctioned Christmas concert, the kids instead performed for the residents of the Odd Fellows Home in Pictou on Tuesday evening.
The performance was orchestrated by parent Kate Surrett as an event to fill “the void” created by the work to rule fallout.
“I think the kids look forward to it and they’re missing it,” Surrett said. “I know my two are missing it. It’s a void that’s happening, we’re just looking to fill that void.”
Surrett said social media was used to gauge interest in doing the show and the related Facebook group continued to grow ahead of Monday night’s rehearsal. It was through this networking that those involved opted to take the show to the Odd Fellows.
“…We had a couple different venues in mind,” Surrett said. “When a lot of people didn’t get back to me we thought ‘why not do it for the seniors, why not go down and spread some cheer at the Odd Fellows?’ That’s what we ended up doing.”
“It just seemed to fit. It’s a win-win all over I think.”
As for the kids, Surrett said they had been practising before the official Christmas concert was snuffed out.
“That kind of took a lot of our work out,” she said.
Surrett said the Christmas concert wasn’t just an important event for the kids either, it’s a part of the fabric of the season.
“I think it’s good for the community,” Surrett said. “An event like that brings the community together, it really gives the Christmas spirit. I think without the Christmas concert there was the void of feeling like Christmas. It happens with everybody, not just the kids and not just the parents. I think it’s a whole community event that’s missing this time of year.”
Surrett is hopeful the visit can become an annual event.
“I think it’s a feel good event,” Surrett said.