Narragansett teacher plays piano for students every Friday
NARRGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) – A teacher at Narragansett Pier Middle School is going above and beyond by playing music for students heading into school during the pandemic.
Mike Simeone, a music teacher at the school, started the Friday morning tradition over a year ago. It began as a way to lift students up in the midst of the pandemic when morale was low.
“As soon as they come in, to see that smile on the students and teacher’s faces, it’s priceless,” Simeone said. “it’s a lot of fun for me, but to see them laugh and have fun is the best part.”
Simeone plays a new genre of music every week. His Friday morning performance quickly gained attention and the idea grew into something much larger.
“It’s been such a tough couple of years that any help and support we can provide anybody, any happiness, smiles is so important just to help people really start to connect again,” Simeone said. “I had a couple teachers that came in and said, oh, how about a tip jar? And I was like, well, I don’t want to collect money for myself, that’s kind of weird. I decided, why don’t I collect money for charities?”
So far, Simeone has raised more than $1,500 for charities across Southern New England. From Dana-Farber to Johnnycake Center to a scholarship fund for Narragansett students, his music is truly making a difference.
This month, all proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Simeone says he plans to continue playing on Friday’s for as long as he can.