Feb. 22 was an evening to remember at Harlem High School. It was their Harlem Music Boosters program.
When we arrived, the parking lot was jammed, my wife is handicapped, and we almost left. I’m so glad we didn’t.
I left my wife at the entrance, drove around a bit and got a parking space. Inside, the line to the gymnasium was huge. We were not sure this was going to work. But almost immediately, we started moving, and before we knew it, we were at the gymnasium entrance (not one incidence of line-jumping or rude behavior). Inside, we were again faced with a decision, to attempt climbing up the seating arrangement or leave. My wife’s arthritis does not tolerate stairs or standing very well.
Presto, a very pleasant young lady noted our concern and came over to see if she could help. I explained our problem, and without a moment’s hesitation, she approached two young people in one of the student sections. I’m not sure what she said, but the young people noted us, smiled and gave her their chairs. She immediately steered us to the end of the very first row. She handled everything so smoothly, it seemed helping was second nature to her.
When the concert started, we noted she was one of the directors. Wow, what a performance. All of the directors gave everyone the impression they really cared about the students and the audience, and they were having as much fun as the students.
I hope we will be able to experience another event with people like the Harlem staff, especially Mrs. Kathy Broaddus!
Sandy and Dan Sears
From the March 16-22, 2011, issue