It's the sound of giving, the sight of a good time and an experience for the ages, all ages.
“Today we’re at the SelfHelp Fresh Meadows Senior Program," Rose Aniano, senior's program director, said. "It's a NORC, which is a naturally occurring retirement community.”
Today is extra special, students from the Francis Lewis High School (my alma mater) Patriot Battalion Choir are here to sing.
“I just want the senior citizens to enjoy our performance and to not mess up,” Meidi, one of the students, said.
“I think it’s the greatest, I get lots of enjoyment” Rhoda, one of the seniors, smiled.
Making the happiness happen is "Concerts in Motion," a non-profit that provides live performances for seniors, veterans, the disabled and homeless.
“They also want to talk and engage and share their stories," Jennifer Finn, founder and executive director, said. "And music is a great tool for that because it’s something we all share, it's universal.”
From anthems to classic to modern day pop, these kids can sing it all.
And each one of them has his or her own reason for taking part.
“I like seeing how it can light up people’s faces,” Cadet Chu, said.
“It first started with my mom," Darren, another student laughed. “She wanted me to get more muscular and buff." "Are you," I asked. "No!"
Jokes aside, they all have the same goal.
“As long as we make them happy and let them know we’re here to make them happy, then I’m happy,” Meidi said.
“I don’t think there’s anything more important than helping out in the community," Cadet Velazquez said.
Lessons are learned and relationships are formed here.
“I think it’s helping me a lot on my road to becoming a teacher," Sinai, one of the students said. "I’ve learned how to communicate with different people, in different ways.”
“I feel free to talk to them," Rhoda explained. "If I want to ask them stuff, they don’t walk away, they talk like grown ups.”
Before we could leave, the seniors showed off their pipes, proving age really is just a number.
Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi