World Beat Network holds a performance and sing-along at childcare center
by Sofie Casassa
On Thursday, April 19, the World Beat Network student club held an afternoon of music and entertainment for children at the McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center on campus. World Beat club members held a small acoustic music sing-along, where the children were invited to play along with their own instruments.
World Beat Network often participates in local and campus functions, but has never before worked with kids at the McCarthy Center, which provides daycare for children of COD students, staff and faculty, as well as serving as a model lab for students in the Early Childhood Education Program.
Children and volunteers sang along to hits such as “La Bamba” and “Over The Rainbow.” “We wanted to play songs like ‘La Bamba’ so the kids could be exposed to Latin rhythm,” said Communications major and World Beat Network Vice President, George Villalpando. World Beat also had the kids on their feet and rocking to “Twist and Shout.”
Though the children were happy to join in the fun, and learn some new moves, the kids at the McCarthy Center were not the only ones dancing and singing along; childcare providers were also delighted to join in the fun. “I was surprised to see how outgoing and well developed [the children] are,” says Pricilla Becerril, publicist for World Beat, and a Criminal Justice major at College of the Desert.
The last number performed was “Over the Rainbow,” which had the kids clapping and asking for one more song. World Beat members in attendance did not want to disappoint their young fans, and so they started a conga line, which had the children giggling throughout the song. “Seeing the kids so happy was my favorite part of the show,” said Becerril.