Fairley Elementary students learned that the sky is the limit at a recent concert by musician Jared Campbell.
Campbell’s elementary concerts are a part of what he calls the “Blue Project,” an initiative to help students gain self-esteem and an understanding that everyone has value.
He said at the show: “I believe that music can be powerful. I believe that music can encourage you to be the best that you can be. But there are going to be times where you need to learn how to fight, and I don’t mean fist fight. I mean fighting for life, fighting for those things that you know you are capable of becoming. Those times when we feel like we’re not good enough, we feel we don’t have the talent or the looks or the strengths or the smarts . . . we have to know that we are valuable, and our life is worth fighting for.”
One of the songs Campbell performed for the students was called, “The Fight.” The song was inspired by Campbell’s friend, Dan, who had dreams of becoming a professional athlete but lost his leg to cancer in the tenth grade.
Despite all obstacles, Dan grew to be a professional downhill skier, participating in the Paralympics for Team USA and taking home medals from Japan, Salt Lake City and more.
“I’ve never met a student that said, ‘I just want to grow up to be OK,” said Campbell.
He told the audience that the sky is the limit, and even though there are times in life where you get knocked down, you have to get back up.
Campbell continued on to share about issues of bullying:
“One of the ways I think we could end bullying is if we started standing up for one another. If we all started understanding that each and every single person has value. What if we came to school and instead of looking at each other like classmates or strangers, we began to look at each other like family?” he said.
The students were very engaged throughout the performance as they clapped, danced, sang along and answered questions.