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Students' Song of Hope Arises from Flooding

Posted March 8, 2000

— The floods from Hurricane Floyd are still making waves in eastern North Carolina, only this time it is a wave of music.

Students at Bethel School in Pitt County wrote a song about their experiences. School leaders like it so much, they are spending their own money to have it recorded.

"The song tells about people recovering from the flood, and it's just great to be a part of it and to sing, and let the people know that there's somebody who cares about them," says a student.

Seventh- and eighth-graders wrote the song for a local contest, but the song took on a life of its own as the students shared their struggles and stories.

"Just by singing a song about rebuilding, and being restored back to the way something originally was, is bringing hope to them," says the chorus instructor.

The school hopes to eventually sell the CD to the public. Proceeds would go to flood victims and the school's music program. We'll AriseWords and music by the Bethel School Chorus 2000 Mother Nature is powerful to see,she often moves unexpectedly.In a moment least expected the rivers began to rise,the floods rushed in, covered the land, much to our surprise.

We'll arise, we'll restore,we will rebuild again.Much was lost at such great cost,together we stand.

Helping one another cleaning up our coast,sharing everything we have with people who need it the most.

We must continue to clean up our land.Let's work together helping hand in hand.Our landfills are getting fuller each and every day.We must recycle and continue to find a way.

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