Busy Box co-owner Jan Filkins sits with the keyboard in her lap. Four-year-old Livingston Jenkins stands next to her, not a hint of bashfulness at the request for a song.
Filkins plays as Livingston sings “Under the Teaching Tree,” his confident voice carrying a hint of Louis Armstrong. All the children in the room sit quietly watching their classmate. Filkins smiles afterwards, noting that “we may see him on TV one day.”
“He really has a lot of musical talent,” Filkins says, adding that the music is helpful in teaching him certain things, such as how to spell his name.
Livingston and his brother, Paul, 3, were deemed worthy of special help from the Madison County School System due to speech delays. The two now meet four hours a week at Busy Box Day Care with community-based teacher Allison Clarke and school system speech therapist Beth Andrews.