Eleven-year-old Athen Finch's first rock concert was everything he expected: loud, crazy and fun.
"It's so exciting. They're a really good band," Athen said Thursday, when the Mowgli's, a popular alternative rock band from southern California, performed at Widefield Elementary School and made a music video with the students.
"I like this song. It's inspiring and makes me really happy," said fifth grader Cassie Nelson.
"I'm Good" is the song third, fourth and fifth grade students recorded with the band, off the Mowgli's "Kids in Love" album released last year.
The lyrics deliver the message, "Be who you are and don't let anybody else tell you who you are," Cassie said.
Like other work of the Mowgli's, the song speaks of positivity and love.
The nation's anti-bullying initiative gave rise to the song, according to band members.
"It's something that resonates with people. All we can do is the small things - hopefully they bring some small relief to people or lead to a bigger conversation," band members said in an email.
Athen said he likes that the band "really wants to change the world to be a better place" through its music.
Students were on their feet, clapping, swaying to the beat and singing their hearts out during the mini concert, which was held in the school gym.
The kids have been practicing "I'm Good" for more than a month, said Principal Dawn Hunke.
The whole school knows the song, she said.
It was played over the intercom during announcements, in classrooms and even before this month's standardized testing sessions, said music teacher Erin Smith.
"We emphasized that you're not defined by the test, and you're good at everything you do," she said.
Students quickly picked up the words, Smith said.
"We even made up hand motions. It's a very catchy, very upbeat song."
Students soon will be able to get a DVD of the music video.
"It will be a good memory for them," Smith said.
Students also met the six band members after the show and had posters autographed.
"It's really cool the band would choose our school," Cassie said.
Jim Edwards, who does promotions for KRXP 103.9 radio, arranged the event. The independent, alternative rock station in Colorado Springs frequently brings indie bands to its studio to perform and wanted to do something a little different, he said.
Because Widefield Elementary students took pledges to treat others well and do their best under the national Rachel's Challenge anti-bullying program, and because the school emphasizes visual and performing arts in its curriculum, "We thought, we've got chocolate, we've got peanut butter, and we need to make peanut butter cups," Edwards said.
Band members said they love interacting with people of all ages. In 2013, they did a collaboration with fifth graders in New York's PS22 Chorus.
"It feels great to be a small part of making a child's day more interesting and maybe sowing the seeds that they can be creative and do what they love, and that being kind to other people is rewarding," band members said.