Since the Digital Media students showed such interest in music-driven projects, Jaggers invited students to become summer interns on a program he started in college, “Musicians for Le Bonheur.” His goal was to produce a music video to promote the album featuring 40 Memphis-area musical groups.
Artists were allowed to perform a set of songs in the Le Bonheur performance area one day a month. During the performances, patients who were able to leave their rooms circled the performance area in red wagons, swaying to the music. Other patients watched the live performances in their rooms on closed circuit-television.
“It is very emotional for me to see that we were bringing joy to sick children,” said 11th grade student Blake Carson. “As we helped record the performances, we also saw parents pause from dealing with a sick child and all the stress that comes with it.”
Working on this project had special meaning for Blake since she spent the first month of her life as a patient at Le Bonheur.
“I had a condition known as ‘failure to thrive,’” she said. “My parents said I would not eat and became dehydrated. I was also treated here when I broke my arm, and again when I had a concussion. My parents have said this hospital is my second home, so it is great to be a part of a project that will raise money for this special place, see adults relaxed, and patients happy.”
“Giving back is a core belief of Northcentral Electric EPA,” said Jaggers. “We believe in supporting schools and giving back to the community. This project does both.”