Some talented students at Clarksville Elementary School have some really big shoes to fill – names like Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and about 40 other superstars. The southern Indiana students, along with a special teacher and a parent, recently released their own version of the 1985 charity song "We Are The World."

Emmy Bodner (the aforementioned teacher) wanted to do something special with/for the students, something to help them remember this most unusual school year – a year that included a canceled musical, Christmas play, and class parties. If the goal was to create something special, they achieved their goal, and then some.

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To be clear, this is not just some kind of hand-held video shot on someone’s phone, with an instrumental CD playing on a small stereo – the song and video you’re about to see is super high quality. A sound engineer helped make these kids sound like tiny professionals, and the adorable video just took things to another level.

[h/t: WLKY]

Now let’s talk briefly about the original, which came out when I was 9 years old – I enjoyed it but didn’t think much of it at the time. A couple of years later, a saw the documentary We Are The World The Story Behind The Song, and for some reason, that hooked me, and I just couldn’t get enough of the song. You really don’t hear the song that often anymore – it might occasionally pop up during our Feel Good ‘80s Weekends – and I think I’m okay with that. The fact that I only hear it once in a blue moon has kept the song fresh and impactful even 36 years later. Watch the original and let me know what you think. Pretty awesome, right?

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