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Teacher features school, students in inspirational video

Live Oak Elementary School teacher Devon Hines recently filmed a video at Live Oak Elementary School using students for his song "Beautiful." The song, which is Christian, deals with low self esteem and bullying.

Live Oak Elementary School teacher Devon Hines recently filmed a video at Live Oak Elementary School using students for his song "Beautiful." The song, which is Christian, deals with low self esteem and bullying.

COVINGTON -- Live Oak Elementary School and some of its students will be featured in a video by one of its teachers.

Special education teacher Devon Hines recently filmed a video using some Live Oak students at the school for his song "Beautiful," which is a Christian song dealing with low self esteem and bullying.

"I've been teaching for so long, that it hits all areas that I've seen," said Hines, who began teaching at Live Oak this school year and has taught for nearly 10 years. "I want them to be careful about what they say to each other. It can affect them, especially if the person is having trouble already."

Hines wrote the song about a past relationship with a woman who had issues when she was young and never got help for them, so when she grew up, it still affected her and she had self esteem problems.

"It inspired me," Hines said.

He said he often sees students talking about each other's clothes and how they look.

"You see that a lot with adults also," he said. "This song is not only for kids but for adults too."

One recent weekend, he filmed the video at the school using students from the dance team, some of his own children and other students.

"It was awesome. There was a big turnout," he said. "The parents were really excited."

Later this month after the video is finished, he plans to hold a local viewing party. The video also will be put on YouTube.

"We are proud of Mr. Hines' hard work," said school Principal Ericka Anderson. "In Newton County Schools, our goal is to see students in a safe and nurturing environment at school. Hopefully the message in Mr. Hines' video will help students be proud of themselves just as they are and work together in a cooperative learning manner."

He's also produced an educational song, "ABC, 123," which he has used in teaching.

"We use music in the classroom," said Hines, who said he's been singing since he was 8 years old and attended college on a music scholarship.

He plans to continue making music that inspires his students and other children. His two sons -- 9-year-old Keshon and 13-year-old Kavon -- both sing and have music published; he also has a 7-year-old daughter Cynia.