By Tia Lynn Ivey
Students at Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) were treated to a special concert last Friday as part of an effort to reward and inspire students.
“The purpose is to to acknowledge students for good attendance and good behavior and to help create a positive school climate where students who do the right thing are acknowledged,” said Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent.
The event was part of a grant initiative to encourage innovative learning methods for students. Luke McFarland, a gifted English/Language Arts teacher at MCMS, arranged for the two-time Georgia Music Award winners, Unbreakable Bloodline, to work with creative-writing students at the school before putting on an energetic rock concert in the middle school gymnasium. According to Morgan County School System, the event is part of McFarland’s Charter Innovative Grant for his creative writing class. McFarland has been inviting local authors to share their work with students. Now that his class is learning about poetry and lyrics, McFarland wanted a musical group to work with the students. Unbreakable Bloodline, an up-and-coming hip-hop and rock band with a passion for the betterment of the youth, happily signed on to help MCMS understand lyrical formats and writing styles before ending the week with an incredible performance. The band is comprised of six members, “Chief H” and “King O-Z” and “O’She Tyght” all on vocals, Paul Ward on drums and percussion, Ryan Myers on base and vocals, and Jon Smith, on lead guitar.
“What an incredible experience this was, we are honored to have been a part of this unique project, hats off to Luke McFarland for stepping outside of the box and being a catalyst in creating an atmosphere for life inspiring transformations to take place. All of us in Unbreakable Bloodline are privileged to have been radically effected by the glowing presence of this middle school community under Luke’s leadership, he is the bridge that connects the distance in between,” said the band in a joint statement.
The MCMS gymnasium was packed with students cheering, head-banging and jumping along to Unbreakable Bloodline’s heavy beats and intricate lyrics.
“We wish to bring about a positive and influential change with both our music and lyrics. We hope to show insight, and give hope to those who need it. We invite your criticism and hope to gain from your perspective,” said the band.
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