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First Grade Travels the World

Over a hundred first graders took the stage to share with teachers, students and parents the dances, songs, traditional dress and life style of Jamaica, Colombia, West Africa, China, South Korea, Australia and Germany. Ms. Klutz’s class learned to dance the polka.

Our Visiting International Faculty (VIF) teacher, Ms. Barrett, shared circle games, songs and dances from her native country Jamaica. Her student’s ease with the movement and joy registered on their faces as they shared what they learned in their classroom this year.  Watching Ms. Barrett dance was a real treat!

 

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NC Young Playwrights Winner at Benton Heights! photo

NC Young Playwrights Winner at Benton Heights!

Nereyda Garcia was recently selected as the Elementary School Winner of the North Carolina Playwrights Festival.  As the winner, Nereyda will receive 50 dollars in prize money as well as a special performance of her play at Triad Stage in Greensboro.  UNC Greensboro students from various degree fields from the BFA in Theatre Education to the MFA in Directing will participate in bringing Nereyda’s play to life.  Her play entitled Porkers will be directed by the esteemed Professor Jim Fisher.  Having a play produced is a dream for any writer, let alone an elementary student in 5th grade.  Nereyda is thrilled to have been given this opportunity. 

Nereyda wrote her play as part of a playwriting unit in Drama.  Miss Richert used the rubric and instructions for the contest and guided students in constructing a well-written play.  Encouraging students through writers block and fatigue, the results were astounding.  At the end of the unit, 5 semi-finalists were selected to be submitted to the Playwrights contest.  The other students selected were Adeline Medlin (5th), Adwyn Gaddy (4th), Manuel Gonzalez (4th), and Norma Balderas (4th).  She will be joined by the semi-finalists on her trip to Greensboro to watch her performance on April 25th.

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