For many schools, this week marks the first days of a new year.
To ring in that new year, Saint Louis Public Schools partnered with the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation to create "St. Louis (My Hometown)," a music video featuring the Central Visual and Performing Arts Choir and the Woerner Elementary School Choir. Here's the song's sweet chorus:
St. Louis, St. Louis, like the mighty Mississippi, you're rolling along
St. Louis, St. Louis every day I love to say you're my hometown
In it, video of the students recording the song in the studio is mixed with feel-good shots of St. Louis, from the Cardinals in action to glimmering landmarks such as the Arch and the art museum. The song was written and produced by Carl Nelson, the music director and teacher at Woerner. He originally wrote it in 2014 in celebration of St. Louis' 250th birthday.
"I wanted a fun song that would teach my students more about the city’s history and inspire in them a sense of civic pride,” Nelson says in a press release. “With the release to a much larger audience, my hope is the song will have a similar impact on people. I hope they will want to listen to ‘St. Louis (My Hometown)’ over and over again. The kids did a great job with the piece.”
The music video premiered Aug. 13 at the Chaifetz Arena as a part of the annual Back to School Community Empowerment Festival.