Video delivers anti-bullying message

Grade 2 students at Brooklyn Elementary in Comox created a video containing some messages to make the world a better place.

BROOKLYN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students created a video called A Bigger Thing to help make the world a better place.

A group of Grade 2 students at Brooklyn Elementary in Comox put their heads together to create a video containing some simple but profound messages to make the world a better place.

Dubbed A Bigger Thing, the song in the video was penned by Comox singer/songwriter Annie Handley, whose son Cole McLean was among the second graders in Shelley Longland’s class last year.

“It started because she (Handley) had a CD out, and her producer (Doug Biggs) wanted a video of one of her songs,” Longland said.

The video was recorded over the course of a few months last spring. About 20 students were involved in the project.

“It was pretty big,” Longland said of the project. “The kids only saw pieces of putting the thing together when we’d film outside and in the music room. It was a good process for them to go through, and then to finally see the finished product. They got why it took so long and all the pieces that went together.”

Handley, Biggs, parents and others filmed different parts and sections of the video — but it was the students who brainstormed the ideas behind the video on a weekly basis for upwards of a month.

“It was actually the kids’ idea to come up with this story behind the song,” said Handley, who approached Longland with the idea for a project. “They wanted to show the world what they thought — how they thought they could make the world a better place.”

The video starts with a student tapping out a tune on a piano, followed by a group of smiling children playing instruments around a microphone. Students are pictured in the school hallway carrying hearts and warm messages, running on the field, filling a compost container and playing instruments on the playground. In some scenes, they mouth the words being sung by Handley. At other times they sing along.

Following is a sample of the song:

We are all just a part, say hello, hold the door

The picture is yours for the taking,

It’s yours, like our hands and our hearts

We are all just part of a bigger thing.

Handley credits the students for conceptualizing the entire video and the positive messages contained therein: Smile, Conserve Energy, Light, Join a Group.

“Those are all the childrens’ words,” Handley said. “It was all about them. It was wonderful. It was all of their thoughts and ideas, all of their energies.”

Music teacher Andrew Clarke helped out with instruments and singing in the video.

“He was involved in it big time,” Handley said. “It took place during a lot of his music class, so he would involve the kids with the instruments. We actually miked their voices.”

Throughout the video students piece together a puzzle of a world map filled with animals and mammals. The final piece is put in place near the end.

The students all received a copy of the video, which went to YouTube and the school district website.

Watch it at

Just Posted

K’ómoks First Nation re-elects Chief Rempel

Chief Rempel re-elected for her second term; three new Councillors elected

Comox council allocates $20,000 for dog park consultation

With interim measures in place, Comox council has decided to proceed with… Continue reading

Vehicle collides with building in downtown Courtenay

No major injuries were reported late Monday morning as a car drove… Continue reading

New Comox Valley Art Gallery show opens Jan. 26

The Comox Valley Art Gallery enters the new year with a new… Continue reading

UPDATE: Elderly man dead following Union Bay collision

The collision happened around 12:50 p.m. on Sunday

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Speaker Darryl Plecas’ report details ‘flagrant overspending’

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Comox Valley libraries have plenty to offer during Family Literacy Week

Colleen Nelson Special to The Record Do you have a young reader… Continue reading

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

No injuries after collapsed floor traps worker at former North Island mill – fire chief

Company says it’s investigating after incident at decommissioned Catalyst facility

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Most Read