CENTRAL GLENDALE — First- and second-graders at R. D. White Elementary School on Monday donned black paper fedoras sparkling with silver glitter as they serenaded hundreds of fellow classmates with two Michael Jackson tunes in tribute to his life.
Two weeks before the first anniversary of the pop icon's death, the first- and second-graders stood outside on the school's footsteps and belted out the lyrics to "Heal the World" and "I'll Be There" while using hand gestures to illustrate the songs.
"He was one of my favorite singers, and I love watching his good moves," said student Demitri Bedoian,who wore a Jackson-inspired outfit. "He inspired so many different artists."
Demitri, a fourth-grader, performed in this year's school talent show as Jackson.
The student performers practiced their morning routine for a month before the showcase, first-grade teacher Scarlet Vartanian said.
With the one-year anniversary of Jackson's death coming up June 25, Vartanian said the students decided to memorialize him by singing two songs during the school's final flag ceremony of the school year, which ends Friday.