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Folk Singer Chapin Plays, Teaches At Todd Elementary

Todd Elementary School Principal Nadine McDermott introduced folk musician Tom Chapin and his band at a special schoolwide assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
Todd Elementary School Principal Nadine McDermott introduced folk musician Tom Chapin and his band at a special schoolwide assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Photo Credit: Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District
Folk musician Tom Chapin, center, performed with his band at Todd Elementary School.
Folk musician Tom Chapin, center, performed with his band at Todd Elementary School. Photo Credit: Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District
Folk musician Tom Chapin, center, performed with his bandmates at Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor.
Folk musician Tom Chapin, center, performed with his bandmates at Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor. Photo Credit: Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District
Folk musician Tom Chapin taught Todd Elementary School students how to sing along to the song “Family Tree” using American Sign Language.
Folk musician Tom Chapin taught Todd Elementary School students how to sing along to the song “Family Tree” using American Sign Language. Photo Credit: Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Folk musician Tom Chapin and his bandmates brought fun and lively music to Todd Elementary School and taught students sign language on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

“We will be learning about the environment through music,” Principal Nadine McDermott told students before the show.

Chapin introduced students to a number of unique instruments, including an accordion, Irish flute, harp and banjo, and sang songs such as “Don’t Miss the Bus” and “Clean Machine.” He also encouraged students to think about recycling, shoveling snow and accepting people of diverse backgrounds in “Family Tree.”

During this song, he taught students sign language for words in the chorus such as “great-great-grandfather,” “family” and more.

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