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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The library at Williamstown Elementary School was buzzing on Friday morning.
Fifth- and sixth-grade students and their kindergarten “reading buddies” took over the room as the school held its first-ever “Drop Everything and Read” event.
The schoolwide exercise in reading for pleasure was held to kick off a drive that will culminate later this month, when the school joins a nationwide effort called “Read the Most Coast to Coast.”
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. January 27, 2014— Students in grades 4 through 8 will come together in song at the Tri-District Choral Festival on Sunday, February 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at the Mount Greylock Regional School Auditorium.


Thanks to the generous support of the Williams College Fund, The Friends of the Arts, the Lanesborough Elementary School PTO, and the Tri-District School Collaborative, this festival begins what staff in the district hope is a tradition of uniting students in song.


The group of 30 students—composed of singers from Mount Greylock middle school, Lanesborough and Williamstown elementary schools, and guests from Hancock elementary and Pine Cobble School—practiced together on Saturdays in January. The entire chorus will perform four pieces, and each participating school will sing individual selections.


“The mission of the Tri District Choral Festival is to unite children in song, and to create musical artistry by providing opportunities for children to engage in all components of choral music,” said Mount Greylock’s choral and performing arts teacher Kate Caton. Caton helped to organize the festival with Lanesborough Elementary School music teacher Jackie Widun and local composer and music teacher James Bergin. “We hope this experience will instill confidence, creativity, cooperation and a feeling of community in our children.”


No tickets are required and the concert is free and open to the public.




For more information, please contact Kate Caton: || 413.458.9582 x171


Media contact:  Julia Munemo: || 413.348.7825


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WILLIAMSTOWN — Marcella Villada Peacock had never heard of Martin Luther King Jr., until she
attended a program at her daughter’s first school in the United States.
“I came from Mexico. I didn’t know anything about it,” she said. “But once I learned about Martin Luther
King, I loved him.”
When her family moved to Williamstown 19 years ago, she was hoping to see a big celebration honoring
the activist on his birthday, but didn’t. So she started one at Williamstown Elementary School.
Villada Peacock shared her story at the school on Friday morning, during the now annual Martin Luther
King Jr. celebration.
Each year, the school’s fourth-graders create posters about King’s life and work to hang on the school’s
auditorium walls; fifth-grade students write poetry about him and sixth-graders write essays based on the
prompt, “Who is Martin Luther King Jr.?”
Williamstown Principal

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Wed, January 15, 2014 at 12:27PM —

WGBY-TV has announced its “Together in Song: Season 4,” and the Mount Greylock Regional High School Choir has been selected to be featured in it.

The annual televised series involves more than 1,000 amateur vocal performers of all ages. The Mount Greylock choir, under the direction of Kate Canton, will head to WGBY’s studios in Springfield in the next month to tape their show segment. The series is hosted by Kevin Rhodes, music director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and is broadcast each March.

Viewers and judges vote for their favorite groups throughout the season. The top performers get to appear live during the Together in Song Showcase, typically held near the end April.

To see a full list of participants and learn more about the show, visit


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