It’s weird the things you remember from your childhood.
I have no idea if teachers in other communities did this at the time (or if they still do? I’m pretty sure Pace hasn’t had this) but Mrs. Hancock brought in a local piano teacher once a week (?) and we learned all kinds of songs as part of our music education – pop songs, wartime songs, probably even <gasp> religious songs, etc.
We learned them so well that I still remember – and have a spot in my heart for – many of them including this one (which I recently came across in a cover version of the original Anne Murray version.)
“Snowbird” – Kathleen Edwards with Bahamas