CEDAR GROVE, NJ – Cedar Grove High School music students joined in to honor first responders and health care heroes on Thursday as part of “Worldwide Day of Gratitude,” a global coming together through the arts organized by the student-run organization, YOUnison.

The CGHS collaboration features music teacher Jennifer Jessen-Foose and music students Francesca Catrone, Jessica Fearon and Alexa Varjian. 

Through the Worldwide Day of Gratitude teachers, students and music lovers of all ages were invited to learn and share the iconic Bill Withers song, “Lean on Me,” which has emerged as a rallying cry for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The effort put forth by the first responders and healthcare workers has been incredibly inspiring to so many around the world,” said Andrew E. Morrison, co-founder of YOUnison, a student-centered community empowering YOU to achieve musical excellence based around self-directed learning, creativity and collaboration. “To show our gratitude, teachers, students, and people of all ages can use the power of music and the arts to unite to honor these amazing heroes.” 

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