Florida's Marie Jo Thum is proving that music has a deep power to both heal and connect.
Two weeks after September 11, the music teacher at Coral Sunset Elementary School in Boca Raton wrote and recorded a song for her students to help them address and affirm their feelings about the tragedies.
Today, "Rise Up, America!" has become a patriotic anthem for children across Palm Beach County. It's also gaining national attention among students and teachers.
"Words didn't seem enough to comfort and console my students after 9-11," says Thum, who has composed more than 100 songs during her 31 -year teaching career. "Music is how I express my own life, …