ELMSFORD, N.Y. When the pre-kindergarten's rendition of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" began overlapping so that the words could not be understood, parents in the audience smiled regardless as their children sang, hiding giggles behind open mouths.
On Tuesday morning, students at Carl L. Dixson Primary School performed their winter concert in front of parents, teachers, the board of education, fellow students and alumni many of whom were wearing holiday clothes or red shirts inscribed with "Dixson: Little Raiders."
"It's so cute," said Dixson Principal Kortright-Torres. "Whatever the kids do, even if they make a mistake, it's too cute. It's really adorable."
The Alice E. Grady Elementary School's gym was packed with parents standing along the back and side walls and children seated on the ground near the stage. Before the songs started, parents slithered to the front of the gym to snap photos of their children, waving sweetly until their kids saw them and waved back with intense happiness plastered on their faces.
"The teachers are excited and hard-working," said Kortright-Torres. "Even though we're focusing on all of these academics, there is still some fun and there are still some things that we do to get kids excited about learning and get them motivated."
The students began their winter concert rehearsals at the beginning of December and it was intended to teach them about performing and speaking in front of a group of people.
"Parents, thank you for sharing your wonderful students," said Elmsford School District Superintendent Barbara Peters.
"They are the most beautiful children on the planet," said Ellen Borenstein, the school's assistant principal.
When the children finished their performance, they were ushered off stage and into the audience, running toward their parents with open arms.
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